Purpose

From time to time, agencies in South Australia may need to enter official relationships with foreign partners or entities*. Security protections are required to ensure that the information or assets are not compromised or exposed to uncontrolled risks.

This policy ensures all agencies formalise all partnerships or relationships with foreign partners or agencies through international agreements or arrangements that safeguard the interests, information and assets of both the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments.

Communicating, or making available, security classified information with another country or foreign organisation could be considered espionage under the Criminal Code.

However, specific legislative provisions authorise agencies to share information internationally under arrangements made or directions given by the relevant minister.

Core requirement

Ensure adherence to any provisions for the security of people, information and assets contained in international agreements and arrangements to which Australia is a party

Supporting requirements

To ensure adherence to security provisions contained in international agreements and arrangements, agencies** must:

  1. comply with the core and supporting requirements of the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) policy Security governance for international sharing.

GOVSEC6 Guidance (PDF, 285.2 KB)

*A foreign entity includes a foreign government and foreign contractors (meaning any individual or legal entity entering into or bound by a classified contract and includes subcontractors).

**This policy applies to all South Australian public sector agencies (as defined in section 3(1) of the Public Sector Act 2009) and to any other person or organisation that is generally subject to the direction of a Minister of the Crown; all of which are referred to in this policy as “Agencies”.