Cyber security is a critical issue for Australia’s international cooperation. Cyberspace is already a core foreign policy issue and a central theme of Australia’s diplomatic efforts. Developing norms of state behaviour, the application of international law, internet governance and cyber innovation are regularly discussed at multilateral forums and by Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Australia needs to partner internationally to ensure our cyber engagement advances our security and economic interests, as well as our values. The Government will publish an international engagement strategy to help guide our bilateral and regional cooperation on cyber security.
But the private sector and research community can and must be part of the international cyber agenda—only then can we promote all Australians’ interests in cyberspace.
Australia advocates for an open, free and secure internet based on our values of free speech, privacy and the rule of law. We will continue to promote that opportunities provided by the internet be available to all people, advocating against state censorship of the Internet. The newly appointed Cyber Ambassador will lead Australia’s efforts on this front together with a coordinated approach to cyber capacity building in our region.