Protected Utility for government

The Protected Utility Program helps agencies transition to cloud-based capability and deliver a consistent approach for collaboration and business operations.

The aim of the Program is to standardise how Government agencies operate their desktops. This in turn, standardises how government agencies communicate and collaborate, and helps achieve a cyber security uplift across government.

The Protected Utility Blueprint

The Blueprint is a design for a secure modern desktop for government agencies based on Microsoft 365.

The first iteration of the Blueprint was launched by the Protected Utility Program in March 2020 and was developed in partnership with Microsoft and independent security assessors.

The blueprint can be viewed online at

It is developed on github so you can contribute and compare differences between releases.

How the Program supports agencies

We partner with agencies and assess their cloud readiness and support their transition to the blueprint. This can include establishing cloud connectivity, training, security advice and assurance, as well as change management support so agencies can successfully implement a modern workplace.

We also support agencies to adopt the blueprint with a range of tools and support mechanisms, such as the Protected Utility Program online community, to help them through the process.

The DTA, along with Microsoft, also provides training to Australian Public Service (APS) staff to increase their cloud skills and capability.

More information

Find out more about the Protected Utility engagement model, and how agencies can engage with us to adopt the blueprint.

Join our community

Industry partners and APS staff who are implementing the Protected Utility Blueprint are invited to join the Protected Utility Program community.

The community is a hub of information to help you implement the Blueprint. You can download the Blueprint documents, ask questions, provide feedback and raise a ticket for support. 

Find out more   

Visit the Protected Utility Program website to find out more.

Get in touch

To find out more, get a copy of the Blueprint, or to discuss your options, please email us at