Adding to the pile of new regulatory obligations being heaped on carriers and service providers recently (data retention, copyright notice scheme, copyright blocking), the Commonwealth Government has released an exposure draft of the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum for the implementation of the proposed Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms.

The exposure drafts were released on 26 June and are open for submissions until 31 July 2015. They are available here: http://www.ag.gov.au/telcosecurity.

According to the Attorney-General’s Department, the Bill will:

  • oblige all carriers (C) and carriage service providers (CSPs) to take steps to protect their networks from unauthorised access and interference
  • require C/CSPs to notify security agencies of key changes to networks and management systems that could affect their ability to protect their networks
  • provide the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department with powers to request information from C/CSPs, and issue directions to C/CSPs, enforceable by a civil penalty regime.

Carriers and CSPs will have up to six months after Royal Assent is given to the Bill to meet their obligations under the legislation.