The Defence Security Authority (DSA) leads Defence's protective security efforts, and sets Defence protective security policy-including authoring its primary source of protective security policy, the Defence Security Manual; further it assists the Secretary, Chief of the Defence Force, Group Heads and Service Chiefs to manage security risk; and under the auspices of the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency undertakes security clearance vetting for the whole-of-government; and finally DSA monitors Defence's security performance. The Defence Security Authority is part of the department and is not created under a separate statute.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    F. Non Statutory - Function w Separate Branding

  • Established By / Under

    Principal Body / Management Board / Senior Executive Officer

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    1 July 2001

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