The Attorney-General Robert McClelland has streamlined Australia's protective security framework, reducing more than 400 mandatory requirements into just 33 items.
Protective security comprises the physical, personnel, information and procedural measures that are put in place to safeguard Australia's national security interests.
In launching the Government's new Protective Security Policy Framework this week, McClelland said the new tiered framework of 33 requirements would "reduce red tape, increase efficiency eliminate duplication and reduce costs".
"The current framework was developed when the business of Government wasn't as diverse as it is currently," McClelland said. "In today's security climate, Government and private sector partnership is essential and we need a system that can be tailored to the nature of the task, the identity of the parties and the relevant security issues considered."
The entire framework will be published online with parts of it made publicly available for the first time.
The Attorney launched the new framework while opening the 22nd Security in Government Conference, where delegates meet from the public and private sector to examine the current security environment and to explore future threats.