This strategy is intended to provide an overarching statement of principles for critical infrastructure protection in Australia, and outline the major tasks and assign responsibilities necessary for their application. This strategy is for use not only by government, but also by the owners and operators of infrastructure, their representative bodies, professional associations, regulators and standards setting institutions.
The strategy provides guidance for the medium term, with a three to five year outlook. It will require detailed implementation plans by governments and industry sectors, and will require the development of interfaces with many other areas of public policy.
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is not a new discipline, but is a coordinated blending of existing specialisations, including:
• law enforcement and crime prevention
• counter terrorism
• national security and defence
• emergency management, including the dissemination of information
• business continuity planning
• protective security (physical, personnel and procedural)
• natural disaster planning and preparedness
• risk management
• professional networking
• market regulation, planning and infrastructure development.