Australia’s strategy for managing national security is set out in a number of complex and interrelated policy documents that span multiple agencies. This paper summarises key parts of the federal critical infrastructure protection policy trajectory in the period 1978 – 2010.
The research was designed to answer the following questions:
1. How has Australia’s federal critical infrastructure policy developed in the 30 year period from 1978 to 2010, and why?
2. How and to what extent has that development reflected:
a. A direct influence of policy transfer from the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) to Emergency Management in Australia?
b. Industry’s changing role over the 30 year period?
c. Contributions to the current federal legislative framework for critical infrastructure protection?