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Gatekeeper Public Key Infrastructure Framework

As of 1 July 2015, ‘Gatekeeper’ is now the responsibility of the Digital Transformation Office

The Department of Finance is seeking comments from interested stakeholders and organisations on the draft 2014 Gatekeeper Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Framework. Submissions for this consultation are now open and close on 27 March 2015.

Gatekeeper is a whole-of-government suite of policies, standards and procedures that govern the use of PKI in government for the authentication of agencies and their clients.  Organisations operating independently of government can also undergo the Gatekeeper accreditation process if they so wish.

The suite of documents have been developed in consultation with agencies, lawyers, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security auditors, PKI subject matter experts and commercial Service Providers.

The latest Gatekeeper edition proposes amendments to reduce internal government red tape, streamline the accreditation process for organisations and align with the Government’s protective security policies and the Australian Privacy Principles.

The four documents that make up the Gatekeeper PKI Framework are available at the following pages:

Making a submission

Submissions can be made by sending an email to or by writing to:

Authentication and Identity Management Team
Digital Government Strategy Branch
Department of Finance
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace

Submissions close on 27 March 2015.

Any submissions or other feedback will be used by the Department of Finance to information the finalisation of the Framework.  As tis will be done in consultation with a range of other relevant government agencies, submissions may be shared with these agencies unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain confidential.  Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose.  If you would like part of your submission to remain in confidence, then you should provide that information marked as such in a separate attachment.  Legal requirements, such as those impose by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.