Joint Statement of Australia-India Cyber Policy Dialogue: Full text
Reaffirming their commitment on open, free, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, the two countries have agreed that the bilateral cyber policy dialogue has provided a strong foundation for existing and future cooperation.
The second Australia-India Cyber Policy Dialogue was held on 13 July 2017 in Canberra. The Dialogue was held in a spirit of collaboration, openness and common purpose to strengthen cooperation on cyber issues.
During the dialogue, the two countries, namely India and Australia, reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free, secure, stable, peaceful and accessible cyberspace enabling economic growth and innovation and reiterated their support for the multi-stakeholder approach to internet governance. The two countries also agreed that the bilateral Cyber Policy Dialogue provided a strong foundation for existing and future cooperation.
Australia and India reaffirmed on
• They reaffirmed their commitment to the rules-based order and to enhancing their understandings of how these rules applied to state behaviour in cyberspace.
• They reaffirmed their commitment to act in accordance with the UNGGE's previous reports and, in particular, the 11 voluntary norms of state behaviour set out in the 2015 report.
• The two countries reaffirmed that responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace is subject to the UN Charter in its entirety and existing international law.
• They further reaffirmed that such behaviour includes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Besides, the two nations also observed that the cumulative reports of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE). They felt that the reports have gone a long way for deepening common understandings, not only about how international law and norms apply to cyberspace but it also provides important guidance on confidence building measures and capacity building. This combined framework helps reduce the risk of conflict by creating clear expectations for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.
In addition to this, India and Australia resolved to work together to deepen common understandings on these important issues, including at the upcoming Global Conference on Cyberspace in New Delhi in November 2017.
The two sides discussed the full range of cyber issues including cyber threat perceptions, respective visions of the future of the internet and cyberspace, updates on domestic cyber governance and policy, developments in regional and international fora and growth of the digital economy. Further, the two sides also agreed on a Plan of Action, which identified Points of Contacts on various issues of mutual interest in the area of Cyberspace.
Participants of the dialogue
The two sides involved in the dialogue was led by
• For Australia: It was led by Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.
• For India: It was led by Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of External Affairs.
Other participants of the dialogue included
• On the Australian side: The dialogue included representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Communications and the Arts, and Australian Cyber Security Centre agencies (the Attorney-General’s Department, including CERT Australia; the Department of Defence; the Australian Federal Police; and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission).
• On the Indian side: The Dialogue included India’s High Commissioner to Australia, representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the National Security Council Secretariat.
The two countries agreed to hold the next round of the Dialogue in India in 2018.
The first India-Australia Cyber Policy Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 24 August 2015. The Dialogue was held in accordance with the Framework for Security Cooperation, which was agreed between Prime Minister Abbott and Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to Canberra in November 2014.