Welcome to the website for the Digital Transformation Agency’s Protected Utility blueprint. The blueprint is a design for a secure, modern, desktop based on Microsoft 365. You can use the blueprint as a pattern for implementing a secure desktop operating system in your agency.

  • Standardise how government agencies operate their desktops.
  • Improve collaboration within and across agencies.
  • Help achieve a cyber security uplift across government.
  • Help agencies transition to cloud-based capability and adopt the blueprint.

This website helps you understand what the blueprint is, why your agency should adopt the blueprint and how you can implement it.


Operational efficiencies

Implementing the blueprint helps you make better use of your resources, allowing you to focus on core business activities.

Better communication and collaboration

The blueprint standardises how we work across government. It makes communication and collaboration safer and easier within and across agencies.

Improved security posture

The blueprint guides your agency through the uplift of their cyber security posture, and assists with the Australian Signals Directorate Essential Eight maturity.

Build a future-ready workforce

Increase your staff mobility, workplace flexibility and empower your people with modern ways of working.


  • Blueprint release 2112

    22 December 2021

    We are excited to announce the next release of the Protected Utility blueprint (version 2112). Some noteworthy changes from the previous June release include: Incorporated the September Information Security Manual (ISM) updates. Incorporated October ACSC reference updates (eg Apple iOS,...

  • The blueprint and Apache Log4j

    21 December 2021

    The following is an advisory for the recent Apache Log4j vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-44228) identified in December 2021. Is the Protected Utility blueprint affected? No. The blueprint does not directly make use of Apache Log4j in its implementation of Microsoft 365. It...

  • Windows 11 FAQs

    16 December 2021

    When will Windows 11 be added? With the release of Windows 11 in October, we’ve been asked by agencies if we will incorporate Windows 11 into the blueprint. The client devices section details the supported version of Windows in the...