Chapter 4: National Security and International Policy

National Security Chief Information Officer


KPI: High level of satisfaction of the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with advice, briefing and support in relation to international and national security priorities, policy, programs and strategy matters.

Informal feedback from the Prime Minister, other relevant ministers, parliamentary secretaries, their offices and the department executive indicated satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of national security and international policy advice, support for international meetings and achievement of its key tasks.

Successful leadership and coordination of the defined national security community through implementation of the Homeland and Border Security Review, budget and performance oversight and the enhancement of information sharing, collaboration and cooperation.

The Coordinated National Security Budget (CNSB) was successful in delivering a comprehensive picture of national security spending and assisting in the balancing of priorities by the Government.

The National Security Adviser's Senior Leadership Forum was welcomed by agencies for enhancing interaction within the national security committee and providing strategic guidance from the Prime Minister.

The group coordinated and led reviews and worked on a large number of key projects (as detailed below).

KPI: Effective whole-of-government responses to major national security related crises or emergencies.

The group led significant security reforms and reviews that culminated in COAG agreement to adopt a new, resilience-based, approach to emergency management and the protection of critical infrastructure; a whole-of-government response to the H1N1 pandemic including taking account of the lessons learnt; and enhanced inter jurisdictional relations and ability to coordinate nationally in the event of national security crises through cooperation and collaboration with Commonwealth, state and territory counter-terrorism authorities, e.g. the National Counter-Terrorism Commitee (NCTC) meetings in December 2009 and May 2010.

KPI: Successful development and whole-of-government integration of foreign and international security strategies as required by the Government.

Participation in G20 meetings; a strategic partnership with India, the Australia-Japan initiative on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington are evidence of the effective development and integration of foreign and international security strategies.

KPI: Successful development and management of domestic and international collaborative national security education and science and innovation research programs.

Implementation of the grants program and bilateral science and technology relationships with the United States were successful in delivering research and building bilateral programs addressing common requirements.


The National Security Chief Information Officer (NSCIO) provides advice, coordination and leadership in the development and implementation of a secure, coordinated and effective national security information management environment. Working with the national security community, the private sector and international partners, the NSCIO is responsible for coordinating whole-of-government policies and priorities for information management within the national security community, and providing strategic leadership and coordination from a whole-of-government perspective, dealing with the full range of cyber threats.

Our achievements in NSCIO over the past year included:

  • publishing the National Security Information Environment Roadmap: 2020 Vision—a six-stage, ten-year plan to transform the national security community's information management environment
  • working with the national security community to develop common data labelling and identity management standards
  • strengthening information management with our key allies through the establishment of the first Allied Chief Information Officer Forum, involving representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, and
  • supporting the establishment of a central vetting authority to achieve the mutual recognition of security clearances.

Consistent with our strategic objectives of driving improved governance, strengthening trust, creating wide-ranging electronic links, building capabilities and enhancing collaboration, over the next year NSCIO will work with partners to:

  • deliver the key milestones of the National Security Information Environment Roadmap: 2020 Vision for its first year, and
  • continue to improve the coordination of whole-of-government cyber policies to ensure the cyber environment is safe and secure for all Australians.

Further information about the NSCIO team is contained within the special feature.