Second Australia-Indonesia Cyber Policy Dialogue: Joint Statement

Second Australia-Indonesia Cyber Policy Dialogue: Joint Statement


The second Australia-Indonesia Cyber Policy Dialogue was held in Jakarta on 3 August 2018. The Dialogue again demonstrated the value of close discussion, cooperation and collaboration on cyber issues.

Australia and Indonesia discussed the full range of cyber affairs issues including cyber threat perceptions, views on multilateral cyber policy discussions, responses to malicious cyber activity, and the development of national policies and legislation. Recalling the 2017 Joint Statement between The Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, Australia and Indonesia discussed their shared interests in an open, free and secure Internet that supports economic growth and innovation.

Australia and Indonesia reaffirmed their commitment to promote international stability for cyberspace based on existing international law, voluntary and non-binding norms of responsible behaviour, practical confidence building measures, and cooperative capacity building.

The Dialogue discussed the 2013 and 2015 reports of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (UNGGE). Australia and Indonesia reaffirmed that existing international law applies to states' activities in cyberspace and that the UN Charter applies to states' activities in cyberspace. They agreed to continue to promote the set of common voluntary and non-binding norms of responsible state behaviour recommended in the 2015 UNGGE report, and committed to act in accordance with these norms. They noted the urgent need to cooperate together and with other regional partners on measures to reduce risk in cyberspace.

The Dialogue was led for Australia by Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, and on the Indonesian side by Ambassador Desra Percaya, Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dialogue included, on the Australian side, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Australian Federal Police. On the Indonesian side, the Dialogue included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Cyber and Crypto Agency, the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the Indonesian National Police and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Australia and Indonesia agreed to further their partnership across the spectrum of cyber affairs, security and digital economic growth through the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Cooperation.

The two countries decided to hold the next round of the Dialogue in Australia in 2019. Australia expressed their appreciation to Indonesia for hosting the dialogue.