Attorney-General George Brandis and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton are attending the meeting which is being held in Ottawa.
However, the IT Professionals Association, a group of technically qualified workers, has argued against this approach, saying such a move was completely unworkable.
If doctors refused to recommend appendectomies, we wouldn't do them. Why not listen to mathematicians on encryption?https://t.co/MuGRXxKqMp— Jake Williams (@MalwareJake) 25 June 2017
In a statement issued on Sunday, Senator Brandis said: "As the prime minister said yesterday, the use by terrorists of cyber space is an issue of critical concern to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
"Australia will lead the discussion of ways to address this issue; in particular the involvement of industry in thwarting the encryption of terrorist messaging.
"We all share the global challenges of terrorism, foreign fighters and protecting our borders. The next two days will provide us with an opportunity to share our experiences and learn from our partners in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and the United States."
“As Australia’s priority issue, I will raise the need to address ongoing challenges posed by terrorists and criminals using encryption. These discussions will focus on the need to co-operate with service providers to ensure reasonable assistance is provided to law enforcement and security agencies.”