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Australia’s Artificial Intelligence Ethics Principles

Australia’s 8 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics Principles are designed to ensure AI is safe, secure and reliable.

  • Human, societal and environmental wellbeing: AI systems should benefit individuals, society and the environment

  • Human-centred values: AI systems should respect human rights, diversity, and the autonomy of individuals

  • Fairness: AI systems should be inclusive and accessible, and should not involve or result in unfair discrimination against individuals, communities or groups

  • Privacy protection and security: AI systems should respect and uphold privacy rights and data protection, and ensure the security of data

  • Reliability and safety: AI systems should reliably operate in accordance with their intended purpose

  • Transparency and explainability: There should be transparency and responsible disclosure so people can understand when they are being significantly impacted by AI, and can find out when an AI system is engaging with them

  • Contestability: When an AI system significantly impacts a person, community, group or environment, there should be a timely process to allow people to challenge the use or outcomes of the AI system.

  • Accountability: People responsible for the different phases of the AI system lifecycle should be identifiable and accountable for the outcomes of the AI systems, and human oversight of AI systems should be enabled


This strategy covers digital solutions in following capability.

Artificial Intelligence


The following policies have requirements that support this strategy.

Artificial Intelligence policy (Position)


The following standards may assist in supporting this strategy.
Notice Generative AI presents new and innovative opportunities for government and an increasing number of new AI tools and models are now easily available. However, due to their rapid evolution there is a need and growing demand for guidance to support the consideration and assessment of the risks…


The following designs can be relevant in support of this strategy.
In July 2023, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) released initial interim guidance on government use of publicly available generative artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. Click here to see the current guidance. For previous…
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