Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018


The Australian Government supports cyber security tools, like encryption, that create a safe online environment for Australians. Encryption ensures that everyday digital transactions, like online banking or shopping, can occur securely. The Government has no interest in undermining these critical technologies.

Unfortunately, the same technologies are being employed by terrorists, paedophiles, drug smugglers and human traffickers to conceal illicit activities and facilitate crime.

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 provides Australia’s law enforcement and national security agencies with the necessary tools to operate in, and adapt to, the evolving technological environment.

If your business is affected by Assistance and Access Act refer to the Assistance and Access - Administrative guidance material.

Go to the Department of Home Affairs website for information on Lawful access to telecommunications.