Call for submissions: International Cyber Engagement Strategy

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is calling for submissions as it develops Australia's inaugural International Cyber Engagement Strategy. We are seeking your contributions and ideas by 31 March 2017.

Australia's interests in cyberspace are diverse. Our international cyber engagement covers trade, international security, transnational crime, international law and human rights obligations (including freedom of speech and privacy), internet governance and development assistance.  These issues are at the core of Australia's strategic foreign policy development and represent a central theme of our diplomatic efforts.

The Government's Cyber Security Strategy, released in April 2016, recognised the need for Australia to partner internationally to ensure our international cyber engagement advances our interests, as well as our values.  To this end, the Government committed to publishing an International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

The purpose of the International Cyber Engagement Strategy is threefold. First, it will prioritise and coordinate Australia's whole of government international engagement on cyber issues. Second, it will ensure stakeholders understand Australia's key positions on cyber issues being debated internationally. Third, it will provide the basis for creative partnering arrangements for delivering Australia's objectives in cyberspace, harnessing combined efforts of Government, private sector, academia and civil society.

Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin, leads the development of the whole-of-government strategy, which will be released in 2017.

In order to deliver the most inclusive, ambitious and dynamic strategy possible, we want to engage across the full range of interested stakeholders.  This is your opportunity to help shape Australia's first International Cyber Engagement Strategy, and to directly contribute to the development of the most beneficial cyber environment for us all in the years to come.

We are seeking your contributions and ideas by 31 March 2017.

In particular, we ask that submissions consider the following key issues or questions. This is not an exhaustive list but is designed to stimulate debate and discussion. Submissions are welcomed on these and any other issues you consider relevant to inform Australia's approach to International Cyber Engagement.

  • What are Australia's international interests in cyberspace? What are we doing well? What should we do differently? How can we do better?
  • What does an ideal international cyberspace environment for Australia comprise?
  • Which countries matter most to Australia's international cyber interests? Why and in what ways? How should we deepen and diversify key relationships?
  • Which regional and global forums and organisations matter most to Australia's international cyber interests? How should we support and shape them? How can we maximise influence?
  • What steps can we take to maximise trade and investment and expand commercial opportunities for Australian businesses, especially in the field of cyber security?
  • How can our international cyber engagement best support a free, open and secure Internet?
  • How should Australia promote responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, including through the development of norms and application of existing international law?
  • What should we be doing internationally and regionally to shutdown cybercrime safe havens and prevent malicious cyber activity?
  • How can the Commonwealth Government work more effectively with the private sector, academia, civil society and the states and territories to advance Australia's international interests in cyberspace, including through the delivery of joint capacity building programs? 
  • What kind of partnering opportunities might there be for delivering cyber capacity building in the Indo-Pacific?

How do I make a submission?

Our preference is to receive submissions electronically. Please send submissions to as an email attachment. All submissions will be converted to PDF files for publishing purposes.

Should you not have access to email, we will accept submissions by post to:

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

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Last Updated: 27 February 2017