The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Act 2021 has amended the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (the Act) to build upon the existing framework which aims to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.
SOCI Act has been expanded from 4 sectors (water, electricity, gas and ports) and now applies 11 industry’s including the energy sector.
The energy sector includes stakeholders who work on the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the production and delivery of natural gas and liquid fuels.
There are four types of critical energy assets:
The changes to the SoCI Act require workers to have suitable background checks conducted, these include:
The challenges this imposes on industry is the need for individuals to apply online and attend an in-person identity verification to process a background check. For organisations there is an additional administration burden and risk when conducting the in-person identity verification and handling personal sensitive data as well as a loss of productivity sending workers offsite to lodge their identity documents.
Submit an application
Process background check and provide outcome
By partnering with Veritas, we can help reduce the compliance management burden and enhance the security of personal data with our online management system and Identity Verification App. Veritas can integrate with current management systems and provide secure transfer and storage of personal sensitive data and on demand tracking of application status. With Veritas you will gain productivity efficiencies as employees can apply online, and lodge identity documents with a verified Agent, either onsite or via a national Australia Post network. Australian owned and operated, Veritas systems are assured to both ISO9001:2013 Quality Management and ISO27001:2015 Cyber Security international standards.
If your organisation or industry sector requires support in obtaining Critical Infrastructure background checks to meet compliance obligations under SoCI, please enter your details below and we will be in touch.