The Prime Minister has flagged "potentially devastating cyber-attacks" as a priority in the government's new National Security Strategy and announced the establishment of new "Australian Cyber Security Centre" to combine existing cyber security functions across Attorney-General's and its agencies the AFP, the Australian Crime Commission and ASIO, and Defence.

Launching the strategy in a speech this morning, the Prime Minister warned that "malicious cyber activity will likely be with us for many decades to come, so we must be prepared for a long, persistent fight" and that the government would "work closely with industry and international partners to develop a set of global ‘norms’ for online behaviour."

The strategy, posted belatedly by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet states: