The ACT Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF)

The ACT Government Protective Security Policy Framework provides the mandatory framework for ACT Government Directorates and statutory office holders to protect our people, information and assets both here and abroad. Protective security covers security governance, information, cyber security and personnel and physical security

Directorates and appropriate statutory office holders must implement measures under the ACT Government Protective Security Policy Framework to assist in:

  • identifying levels of security risk tolerance;
  • achieving the minimum mandatory requirements for protective security expected by the ACT Government; and
  • standardising an appropriate security culture to facilitate government goals.

The Security and Emergency Management Division will continue to develop and refine protective security policies that promote the most effective and efficient ways to secure the continued delivery of ACT Government business.

State and Territory authorities have a constitutional responsibility, within their boundaries, to plan for, prepare and respond to disasters and emergencies.

During extreme situations, a 'state of emergency' may be declared to facilitate the high-level coordinated response required at that time. A state of emergency is a government declaration that may:

  • Suspend certain normal functions of government.
  • Alert the community to the situation and request they alter their normal behaviours.
  • Order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans.
  • Suspending certain civil liberties during periods of civil disorder.
  • All levels of government in Australia maintain appropriate emergency response plans. Emergency Management Australia is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of Australian Government emergency management plans. These are available on the Attorney-General's website.

Australian Government Emergency Management Plans

The ACT Government also has plans and arrangements for dealing with a broad range of potential hazards. While these tend to be developed along hazard-specific lines, viewed together they form an “all-hazards” framework for emergency management.