26 September 2023

Cyber partnership signed, sealed, delivered

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced a landmark, cooperative arrangement with India on cyber affairs and critical technology.

The Minister, Senator Marise Payne (pictured) said the Australia-India Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber‑Enabled Critical Technologies Cooperation, would enhance cooperation on cyber and critical technology issues, which sat at the core of Australia’s new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with India.

“Australia and India will work together to promote and preserve an open, free, safe and secure Internet, enhance digital trade, harness critical technology opportunities and address cyber security challenges,” Senator Payne said.

“Critical technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and robotics present significant opportunities for people, businesses and the broader economy, but also must be guided by international standards to ensure they do not present risks to security or prosperity,” she said.

“That is why the Arrangement will be complemented by a new, four-year $12.7 million Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership.”

Senator Payne said the Partnership would create a research and development fund for Indian and Australian businesses and researchers, and support other countries to improve their cyber resilience.

“Together, these measures will help shape a global technology environment that meets our shared vision of an open, free, rules-based Indo-Pacific region,” she said.

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