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On this section of the Security Website we are going to inform you of what your government intelligence and security agencies are doing to protect YOU.

In this ever changing socio-political environment, and since the shift from the Cold War era to the global threat of terrorism, the team at the Security Website will let you know what information is of use to you, along with other useful information regarding intelligence policies and intelligence resilience and oversight.

We have compiled a list of reports by certain government bodies that explain and highlight what they do and what they have done in the past. A list of government bodies attributed to the oversight of intelligence agencies are listed below.


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On 21 September 2000 the Attorney-General announced action for Improving Security Within Australia following the government’s adoption of the recommendations from a recent IGIS report.

Report of the Inquiry into Australian Intelligence Agencies Full Report - PDF-1.46MB


Bali Bombing

Shortly after the terrorist bomb attack in Bali on 12 October 2002, and following suggestions in the media that there had been intelligence available prior to the attack, the Prime Minister asked the Inspector-General to review all relevant intelligence available to Australian intelligence and security agencies, and associated following intelligence assessment processes, to establish whether there was any information that warned of the bomb attack in Bali on 12 October 2002.  The AFP was included in this inquiry.  The Inspector-General published his report on the Bali Bombing in December 2002.


Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (the ASIO Act).

Inquiry into Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Joint Select Committee on the Intelligence Services

Review of Intelligence Services Bills 2001

Parliamentary Paper No. 168/2001; Tabled 27 August 2001
Government response: 19 September 2001

Australian Security Intelligence Organization Report to Parliament 2008-09

Diagram depicting Australian Intelligence Community accountability relationships


Public Announcements

From time to time the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) makes public announcements in relation to the activities of his office.  IGIS achieves this by providing ‘media releases’ for general publication.  Sometimes, other government entities make public announcements about the IGIS or the activities of his office.

On 27 March 2009 the Inspector-General announced the commencement of an Inquiry into DSD

On 14 November 2007 the Inspector-General announced the commencement of an Inquiry into ASIO

On 27 March 2007 the Inspector-General announced he had been re-appointed

On 23 March 2004 the Prime Minister announced the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

On 25 May 1999 the IGIS announced that he had been asked to commence an Inquiry into the activities of Mr Jean-Philippe Wispelaere


DSD/Minister for Defence Inquiry

On 26 March 2009 allegations appeared in the media that an individual or individuals employed by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) may have improperly accessed information technology used by the Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP as part of a covert investigation into the Minister’s activities and associations.  On 27 March 2009 the Inspector-General initiated, of his own motion, an inquiry into these allegations.  The inquiry report was released publicly on 3 June 2009. Defence Inquiry Report


Ul-Haque Inquiry

During 2008 the Inspector-General conducted an inquiry into the actions taken by ASIO in 2003 in respect of Mr Izhar Ul-Haque following the dismissal of charges against Mr Ul-Haque in the NSW Supreme Court and criticism of two ASIO officers by that court. The Ul-Haque Inquiry

DIO Inquiry

In 2008 the Inspector-General initiated an own-motion inquiry into the integrity of DIO assessment activity. During the course of the inquiry concern was expressed about pressure on DIO in relation to its input to the Defence White Paper process. The Inspector-General finalised his report in September 2008 and the executive summary and recommendations are unclassified. Executive Summary and Recommendations


ONA Inquiry

During 2007 the Inspector-General conducted a formal inquiry, building on his 2006 inspection work, into the independence and integrity of ONA assessments. A report was provided to the Prime Minister in December 2007 and the key judgements section is unclassified. Key judgements


Organisational Suitability Assessment Inquiry

During 2008 the Inspector-General conducted a formal inquiry which examined the existing Organisational Suitability Assessment (OSA) policies, procedures and practices in the three Defence intelligence agencies – DIGO, DIO and DSD. The OSA Inquiry

ONA Review

Legislative amendments to the IGIS Act in 2005 allowed IGIS to review the independence and integrity of ONA’s assessment work.  In 2006 the IGIS conducted an inspection and the report of his findings was sent to the Prime Minister, the Director-General of ONA and the Secretary of PMC on 15 December 2006. In 2007 the IGIS conducted a formal inquiry and produced the ONA Executive Summary


Ahmed Inquiry

The Inspector-General received a written complaint on 27 November 2006 from a member of the public who was concerned about the denial of a visa to Mr Rhuhel Ahmed, the effect of which was to deny Mr Ahmed entry into Australia. The decision to deny Mr Ahmed a visa was made on the basis of an adverse security assessment made of Mr Ahmed by ASIO.  Mr Ahmed, who is a United Kingdom national, had planned to visit Australia to promote the cinema release of a new film “The Road to Guantanamo”.  The complainant who wrote to the Inspector-General expressed concern that the ASIO assessment may have been politically driven to avoid embarrassment to the Australian and American governments over issues such as the continuing detention of Mr David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay. The Inspector-General decided to conduct an inquiry into the matter and the report into the Rhuhel Ahmed case was published in March 2007.

Parkin Inquiry

In September 2005 the Inspector-General received a number of complaints about the treatment of Mr Scott Parkin, a US citizen in Australia on a temporary visa who had been detained and removed from Australia after ASIO issued an adverse security assessment and his visa was cancelled. The essence of the complaints had been that such action by ASIO was wrong as Mr Parkin was said to be a proponent of non-violent direct action and peaceful civil disobedience against the war in Iraq.  This raised the question of whether ASIO had acted in accordance with section 17A of the ASIO Act, which requires that the functions of ASIO must not be carried out so as to “limit the right of persons to engage in lawful advocacy, protest or dissent and the exercise of that right shall not, by itself, be regarded as prejudicial to security”. The Inspector-General decided to conduct an ‘own motion’ inquiry and the report into the Parkin Inquiry matter was published in November 2005.

Second Collins Inquiry

On 20 December 1999 several ADF intelligence officers attached to the INTERFET force in Dili, East Timor, lost access to a particular intelligence database hosted by the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO). In April 2004, following subsequent representations to the then Minister for Defence by one of these officers, Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins, the Chief of the Defence Force provided the Inspector-General with various papers associated with a redress of grievance by Lt Col Collins. These and other available relevant papers were examined to consider whether the previous inquiry should be re-opened and whether there were any other issues which might be within jurisdiction.  On the advice of the Inspector-General the Defence Minister then requested the Inspector-General, pursuant to section 8(3)(a) of the IGIS Act, to inquire into how and why the loss of access occurred. Subsequently, the Inspector-General published a second, abridged, Collins Report

Brereton Inquiry

This inquiry came about as a result of allegations in the Australian media relating to DSD cooperation with an investigation into leaks of intelligence material in 1999-2000.  It had been alleged that ‘the nation’s most powerful spy agency, the Defence Signals Directorate, eavesdropped on Labor’s foreign affairs spokesman, Laurie Brereton, as part of an investigation into material leaked on the East Timor militia rampages in 1999’.  The Inspector-General decided to conduct an inquiry and the report on the so-called Brereton Affair was published on 30 April 2003.

Tampa Inquiry

On 12 February 2002 various newspapers published allegations that DSD had illegally or improperly intercepted communications between Australian persons and the MV Tampa in August September 2001. On 13 February the Minister for Defence requested that the Inspector-General verify the details of a briefing note he had received from the Director DSD on this subject.   On 2 May 2002 the Inspector-General published an unclassified summary of his report on the so-called Tampa Affair


Balibo 5 Inquiry

In April 2000 the Minister for Defence asked the Inspector-General to inquire into allegations that intelligence information relevant to the deaths of five newsmen at Balibo on 16 October 1975 had not been acted on.  The report on the so-called Balibo 5 Inquiry inquiry was published in September 2001.

Jenkins Inquiry

In October 2000 the Inspector-General commissioned Mr A.S. Blunn AO to inquire into the propriety and proper conduct of the investigation of alleged breaches of security by the late Mr Jenkins.  Mr Blunn was required to encompass the circumstances leading to the conduct of the investigation and whether the investigation was conducted in accordance with Commonwealth procedures.  He was further asked to comment on any other relevant matters that came to his attention in the course of his inquiries, including matters raised by Mr Jenkins’ widow. The Inspector-General published an abridged version of Mr Blunn’s report on the Jenkins Inquiry case in December 2000.

First Collins Inquiry

Lieutenant Colonel Collins, of the Australian Defence Force, wrote to the Minister for Defence on 6 December 2000, expressing concerns about the Australian defence intelligence system. On 20 December 2000, the Minister asked the Inspector-General to investigate, report and make recommendations in respect of the issues raised by Lieutenant Colonel Collins. The Inspector-General published a declassified version of the Collins Report in May 2000.





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