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Defence Security Principles Framework

The Defence Security Principles Framework (DSPF) replaced the Defence Security Manual (DSM) on 2 July 2018. The move to the principles-based framework aligns Defence to the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and Information Security Manual (ISM).

The DSPF provides principles, controls and instructions to support Defence personnel, Contractors, Consultants and Outsourced Service Providers, to manage security risks.

To support the transition to the DSPF, Defence has implemented a grandfathering arrangement to cover references made to the DSM in existing contracts until 30 June 2019. From 1 July 2019, all DSM references in contracts will be treated as references to the DSPF.

Follow this link to open an unclassified version of the DSPF.

Information for Defence Industry Partners

Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) members are able to view a For Official Use Only version of the DSPF, and archived DSM, on the Defence Online Services Domain (DOSD). To gain access to the DOSD, please complete and submit the form below:


Note: To become a DISP member, please see How does a business become a DISP member?

For all other Defence Industry Partners requiring access the DSPF, please consult your respective Defence sponsor or contract manager.

For enquiries about the DSPF or DSM, please contact the Defence Service Centre on 1800 333 362 or email the Defence Service Centre team.