Australia (DFAT) is an active member of the ASEAN Regional Forum’s (ARF) ICT work stream, comprised of the working level Open Ended Study Group on Confidence Building Measures and the senior officials level Inter-Sessional Meeting on Security of and in the use of Information and Communications Technologies. In 2019, Australia and Malaysia’s proposal for an ARF cyber points of contact directory was agreed by Ministers. The directory will facilitate near real time communication in the event of ICT security incidents of potential regional significance
In December 2018, the United National General Assembly (UNGA) established two processes to discuss responsible state behaviour in cyberspace: an inaugural Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) (A/Res/73/27); and, a sixth Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) ((A/Res/73/266). The groups present an important opportunity to generate a meaningful impact on international peace and stability. Australia is a member of both groups.