Australian Government Architecture


What is Hosting?

Hosting refers to facilities that host systems and data by providers to government. These providers may deliver a range of services to agencies, including cloud computing.


To enable agencies to identify and source hosting services that meet enhanced privacy, sovereignty and security requirements.

Policy Elements

Hosting policy (Position) Mandate:
  • Entities must ensure the secure hosting of security classified government information and data through the use of certified services and associated infrastructure by applying the Hosting Certification Framework (HCF).

  • Agencies must assess data and hosting sensitivities and ensure the suitability of hosting providers.


This capability is part of the following domain.

Technology Reference


The following policies have requirements that impact this capability.
Mandate: Endorsed
Status: Core
What is the Whole-of-Government Hosting Strategy? The Hosting Strategy provides policy direction and guidance applicable to the Australian Government hosting ecosystem including facilities and infrastructure. It supports the government’s commitment to privacy, security, and resilience, while…
Mandate: Endorsed
Status: Core


The following standards support development of digital solutions in this capability.
The Hosting Certification Framework provides guidance to government customers on considerations for hosting procurement.


The following designs include examples of how digital solutions in this capability can be delivered.
The Hosting Certification Framework: Certified Cloud Service Providers details the list of cloud providers that have been certified under the Hosting Certification Framework.

Strategic Alignment

Digital solutions in this capability can support the following strategies.

Whole-of-Government Hosting Strategy

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