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  • 1948 - Sir Percy Sillitoe, Director General of MI5, tells Prime Minister Ben Chifley there is a security leak in Australia. This conversation begins the process of forming the organisation that would become ASIO
  • 1972 - An armed assault occurs at the Yugoslav consulate in Perth; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes at the offices of the Yugoslav tourist agencies, Sydney; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1975 - Kep Enderby QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1978 - Bomb explodes outside the Hilton Hotel, Sydney, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM), killing one person
  • 1948 - In London the UK Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, briefs PM Ben Chifley on the Venona program, the source of information about the leaks of classified information in Australia
  • 2014 - Australian government lists Islamic State as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1987 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Bob Hawke remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1985 - Two shots are fired at the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra
  • 1980 - Director-General of Security, Justice Sir Edward Woodward OBE, agrees to formation of ASIO Staff Association to represent staff interests
  • 1948 - Prime Minister Ben Chifley and three Cabinet ministers agree to establish a new security organisation, but there is no announcement
  • 2014 - Ahmad Numan Haider undertakes a terrorist attack, stabbing two police officers outside Endeavour Hills police station in Victoria. Haider is subsequently shot and killed.
  • 2005 - Jemaah Islamiyah conducts bomb attacks in Bali, Indonesia, killing 26 people including 4 Australians
  • 1972 - Five letter bombs are detected by postal staff, addressed to Israeli diplomats in Sydney and Canberra; the bombs are sent by the terrorist group Black September
  • 1975 - Peter Barbour concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1977 - The Special Inter-Departmental Committee on Protection Against Violence (SIDC-PAV) is created
  • 1982 - Funding of $2.4 million is allocated to ASIO for the acquisition of its first computer system
  • 1982 - Commencement of Commonwealth Games, Brisbane
  • 1980 - Iran-Iraq war commences
  • 1949 - Prime Minister Ben Chifley and three Cabinet ministers formally decide to set up a new security service ‘along the lines of MI5’
  • 1951 - Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov and his wife, Evdokia, arrive in Australia
  • 1963 - Soviet intelligence officer Ivan Skripov is declared persona non grata as a result of his intelligence activities in Australia
  • 1949 - Prime Minister Ben Chifley announces the formation of the new security service in Parliament, but does not name it
  • 2015 - ASIO moves its headquarters to the Ben Chifley Building in the Canberra Parliamentary Triangle
  • 1964 - The Communist Party of Australia (Marxist/Leninist Branch) commences operations
  • 1965 - The Communist Party of Australia declares that anti-Vietnam war protests are its top priority
  • 2009 - David Irvine AO commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2009 - Paul O'Sullivan AO CNZM concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2005 - Australian government lists Al-Qa'ida in Iraq as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2002 - Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Coolum, Queensland
  • 2002 - Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD (PJCAAD) meets for the first time, replacing the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO
  • 1996 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election; John Howard becomes Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1949 - Prime Minister Ben Chifley issues a directive to Justice Geoffrey Reed, who becomes Director-General of Security and head of the new security service, which he is to form
  • 1949 - Dr. H. V. Evatt KC, Commonwealth Attorney-General, assumes ministerial responsibility for ASIO
  • 1973 - Attorney-General Lionel Murphy 'raids' ASIO's Canberra regional office, then ASIO Headquarters in Melbourne on 16 March
  • 1976 - Frank Mahoney CB OBE concludes his interim appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1976 - Justice Sir Edward Woodward OBE commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1996 - Daryl Williams QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1995 - The Criminal Code Act 1995 receives royal assent. The Act contains numerous provisions relating to terrorism.
  • 1949 - Prime Minister Ben Chifley approves first ASIO telephone interceptions
  • 1950 - Justice Geoffrey Reed concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2016 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election; Malcolm Turnbull remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1962 - First Australian troops (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam) arrive in Vietnam
  • 2014 - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declares a global caliphate
  • 2014 - Australian government lists Boko Haram as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2013 - Australian government lists Jabhat al-Nusra as a proscribed terrorist organisation (including its alias Jabhat Fatah al-Sham on 31 October 2016)
  • 1965 - Anti-Vietnam war 'teach-in' is held at Monash University
  • 2013 - Kevin Rudd replaces Julia Gillard as Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1973 - Last Australian troops withdraw from Vietnam
  • 1977 - The reports of the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security are released
  • 1979 - First National Anti-Terrorist plan issued by the Special Inter-Departmental Committee on Protection Against Violence (SIDC-PAV)
  • 1949 - Director-General of Security, Justice Geoffrey Reed, adopts the name Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) for the new security service
  • 2009 - ASIO and law enforcement investigations result in four men being arrested and charged with terrorist offences over a plot to attack the Holsworthy army barracks in western Sydney. Two of the men were convicted and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment
  • 2003 - Jemaah Islamiyah bombs the J W Marriott hotel in Jakarta, killing 12 people
  • 1949 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election and Robert Menzies becomes Prime Minister
  • 1955 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 1961 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 1968 - New ASIO Headquarters building on St Kilda Rd, Melbourne is occupied
  • 1972 - Gough Whitlam QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General; he served in this position while also the Prime Minister
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes at a Serbian Orthodox church in Brisbane; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 2007 - Robert McClelland appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1973 - The Office of the Director-General of Security is established in Canberra
  • 1977 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election; Malcolm Fraser remains Prime Minister
  • 1949 - Sen. John Spicer KC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2014 - Mohammad Hassan Manteghi (aka Man Haron Monis) undertakes a terrorist attack, taking numerous hostages in the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney. Monis and two hostages are killed.
  • 2010 - Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community, to be undertaken by Robert Cornall AO and Dr Rufus Black
  • 2004 - The National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 receives royal assent. The Act gives courts a structure to follow where national security information is disclosed, or is to be disclosed, in federal criminal and civil proceedings
  • 1967 - John McEwen is appointed Prime Minister
  • 1967 - ASIO's first liaison officer to Washington is appointed
  • 1972 - Sen. Lionel Murphy QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1991 - Paul Keating replaces Bob Hawke as Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1982 - Bombs explode at the Israeli Consulate-General and the Hakoah Club in Sydney
  • 1980 - Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, Sarik Ariyak, and his bodyguard assassinated
  • 1950 - The Liberal-Country coalition government of Robert Menzies presents its Communist Party Dissolution Bill to Parliament
  • 1951 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 1954 - After the defections of Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, the Soviet Embassy in Canberra is closed
  • 1965 - Prime Minister Robert Menzies announces an Australian Army Battalion will be sent to Vietnam
  • 2004 - Australian Faheem Khalid Lodhi is charged with terrorism offences after ASIO and law enforcement investigation reveals he is involved in attack planning in Australia. He is convicted in August 2006 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes at the residence of a pro-Yugoslav political figure in Melbourne; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes at the residence of a pro-Yugoslav political figure in Melbourne; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1993 - Michael Lavarch appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1950 - Colonel Charles Spry commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2009 - Jemaah Islamiyah bombs the J W Marriot and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing seven people including three Australians
  • 2005 - Paul O'Sullivan AO CNZM commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1950 - ASIO establishes its new headquarters in Melbourne
  • 1958 - Sir Garfield Barwick QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2003 - French citizen Willie Brigitte is taken into immigration detention as part of an ASIO and law enforcement investigation into a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) facilitation network and possible attack planning in Australia. Brigitte is deported to France on 17 October 2003
  • 2004 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election; John Howard remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 2002 - Jemaah Islamiyah bombs the Sari nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 people including 88 Australians
  • 1996 - Dennis Richardson AO commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1996 - David Sadleir AO concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1950 - The Communist Party Dissolution Act 1950 is passed by Parliament
  • 1951 - ASIO moves into its new headquarters building at 8 Queens Road, Melbourne
  • 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis begins after the US discovers efforts to install Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba
  • 1980 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election; Malcolm Fraser remains Prime Minister
  • 1950 - ASIO purchases its new headquarters building at 8 Queens Road, Melbourne
  • 1956 - Melbourne hosts the Games of the XVI Olympiad
  • 1958 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 2010 - Australian government lists Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1966 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election; Harold Holt remains Prime Minister
  • 2002 - Australian Jack Roche is charged with offences under the Crimes (Internationally Protected Persons) Act 1976 for his involvement in a Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qa'ida sponsored plot to attack the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. He is convicted in June 2004 and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment
  • 2007 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election and Kevin Rudd becomes Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1975 - A letter bomb, addressed to Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, explodes injuring two people
  • 1975 - A letter bomb, addressed to the Governor-General, is discovered
  • 1986 - Explosion at Turkish Consulate-General, Melbourne
  • 1977 - Violent protests in front of Yugoslav Consulate-General, Sydney
  • 1951 - The High Court declares the Communist Party Dissolution Act 1950 invalid
  • 1964 - Billy Snedden appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1971 - William McMahon is appointed Prime Minister
  • 1993 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Paul Keating remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1983 - Sen. Gareth Evans QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1985 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election and Bob Hawke becomes Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1982 - Freedom of Information Act 1982 comes into force
  • 1951 - A referendum to ban the Communist Party of Australia is defeated
  • 1951 - A referendum to ban the Communist Party of Australia is defeated
  • 2015 - Malcolm Turnbull replaces Tony Abbott as Prime Minister of Australia
  • Coordinated ASIO and police activities in Sydney target 25 premises associated with numerous people supporting Australians travelling to join terrorist organisations in the Syria-Iraq conflict zone
  • 2014 - Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2013 - Sen. George Brandis QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1966 - Prime Minister Harold Holt approves the purchase of a new ASIO Headquarters building on St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • 1977 - Federal Cabinet established the Security Appeals Tribunal
  • 1983 - Based on ASIO advice, police undertake raids on Ananda Marga homes in Melbourne and Sydney
  • 1954 - Defection of Vladimir Petrov from the Soviet Embassy, Canberra
  • 2011 - Al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden killed in US special forces raid
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Ansar al-Islam (formerly known as Ansar al-Sunna) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1971 - A bomb explodes at a Serbian Orthodox church in Melbourne; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1993 - Duncan Kerr appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1982 - Argentina invades the Falkland Islands/Malvinas
  • 2016 - Australian government lists Islamic State Sinai Province as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2016 - Australian government lists Islamic State in Libya (IS-Libya) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2016 - Australian government lists Al-Qa'ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2015 - Government launches new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System
  • 2014 - Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) opens in the Ben Chifley Building, ASIO's Headquarters in Canberra
  • 1963 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 2005 - Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is established, replacing the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD (PJCAAD)
  • 1969 - Bomb attack on the Yugoslav Embassy, Canberra; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1972 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election and Gough Whitlam becomes Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1973 - The Special Inter-Departmental Committee on Counter-Terrorism (SIDC-CT) meets for the first time
  • 1989 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H.W. Bush meet in Malta and declare the Cold War has ended
  • 1986 - Raids on Armenian groups in Sydney and Melbourne in the wake of the 23 November bombing of the Turkish Consulate-General, Melbourne
  • 1984 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Bob Hawke remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1977 - Explosion at Yugoslav Airlines (JAT) office, Melbourne
  • 1954 - Defection of Evdokia Petrov in Darwin
  • 2016 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull releases Australia's Cyber Security Strategy
  • 1974 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Gough Whitlam remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1983 - Soviet intelligence officer Valeriy Ivanov is declared persona non-grata as a result of his intelligence activities in Australia
  • 2016 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces Independent Review of the Intelligence Community, to be undertaken by Michael L'Estrange AO and Stephen Merchant PSM
  • 2014 - Australian government lists Al-Murabitun as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2005 - Coordinated ASIO and police activities in Sydney and Melbourne result in the arrest of 22 men accused of preparing terrorist acts in Australia (Operation PENDENNIS). 18 are subsequently convicted of terrorist offences and imprisoned for periods up to 25 years
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2001 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election; John Howard remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • 1983 - A bomb is discovered and defused at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) research establishment, Lucas Heights, Sydney
  • 1954 - Prime Minister Robert Menzies establishes the Royal Commission on Espionage in the wake of the Petrov defections
  • 1976 - Exercise SEA GULL, the first joint Commonwealth and State counter-terrorism exercise, is held in Australia
  • 1977 - Ahead of the release of the Hope Royal Commission reports, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser delivers landmark speech in Parliament on Australia's security and intelligence organisations
  • 1992 - David Sadleir AO commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1954 - The Liberal–Country Party Coalition wins the Federal election; Robert Menzies remains Prime Minister
  • 1960 - The Telephonic Communications (Interception) Act 1960 receives the assent of the Governor-General. This Act places telephone interception on a statutory basis for the first time
  • 2005 - Dennis Richardson AO concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1975 - A bomb explodes at the Sunny Adriatic Trade and Tourist Centre in Melbourne
  • 1954 - Brigadier Charles Spry appointed as Director-General of Security for a second term
  • 1969 - A bomb explodes at the Yugoslav Consulate in Sydney; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1972 - The Special Inter-Departmental Committee on Counter-Terrorism (SIDC-CT) is established on an ad-hoc basis
  • 1972 - ASIO officers convene to discuss the use of electronic data processing (computers) in ASIO
  • 1978 - The 'Yagoona Three' arrested in Sydney and charged with conspiracy to murder
  • 1955 - The report of the Royal Commission on Espionage is released publicly
  • 2014 - David Irvine AO concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2014 - Australia's general terrorism threat level is raised to HIGH for the first time, meaning a terrorist attack was assessed as likely. This was the first time the general threat level was publicly announced.
  • 2004 - Jemaah Islamiyah bombs the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 10 people
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes in the Yugoslav General Trade and Tourist Agency, Sydney; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 2001 - Al-Qa'ida conducts multiple terrorist attacks in the US, killing nearly 3,000 people
  • 1977 - The Indian Military Attache to Australia, Colonel Iqbal Singh, is stabbed and abducted in Canberra
  • 1981 - Harvey Barnett AO commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2015 - Government appoints Greg Moriarty as first Commonwealth Counter Terrorism Coordinator
  • 1983 - Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies (RCASIA) begins
  • 1982 - Israel invades southern Lebanon
  • 1978 - Federal Cabinet provides initial approval for planning to proceed for the relocation of ASIO Headquarters to Canberra
  • 1956 - ASIO appoints its first liaison officer to London
  • 1959 - The Soviet Embassy in Canberra reopens
  • 2004 - Australian Belal Saadallah Khazaal is arrested and charged over his Internet distribution of a document providing advice to aspiring terrorists. He is convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
  • 2004 - Australian Jack Roche is convicted of offences under the Crimes (Internationally Protected Persons) Act 1976 for his involvement in a Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qa'ida sponsored plot to attack the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. He is sentenced to 9 years imprisonment
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Hizballah's External Security Organisation (ESO) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2014 - Australia hosts G20 summit in Brisbane
  • 2011 - Release of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community, by Robert Cornall AO and Dr Rufus Black
  • 1966 - A parcel bomb explodes in the Melbourne GPO
  • 1969 - Tom Hughes QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2002 - Australian government lists Jamiat ul-Ansar (JuA) (formerly known as Harakat ul-Mujahideen) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2002 - Australian government lists Al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2002 - Australian government lists the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1975 - Governor-General Sir John Kerr dismisses Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister and appoints Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister
  • 1975 - Sen. Ivor Greenwood appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1979 - Unclassified version of Protective Security Review report released publicly
  • 1978 - Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock reports listening devices found in walls of the Australian Embassy, Moscow
  • 1978 - Poisoned sweets are served to delegates at the Assyrian Congress in Sydney
  • 1956 - Sen. Neil O'Sullivan appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2010 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Julia Gillard remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1956 - The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1956 comes into effect. Prior to this, ASIO had operated under Prime Ministerial Charter.
  • 1960 - The Crimes Act 1960 receives the assent of the Governor-General
  • 2013 - Australian government lists Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2005 - Australian government lists the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1966 - Nigel Bowen QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1967 - Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears while swimming in Victoria
  • 2011 - Nicola Roxon appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1975 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election and Malcolm Fraser becomes Prime Minister
  • 1986 - ASIO Central Office in the Russell precinct, Canberra, commences operations
  • 1984 - Lionel Bowen appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2010 - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd releases Australia's Counter-Terrorism White Paper
  • 1978 - Prime Minister Fraser announces establishment of the Protective Security Review under Justice Hope
  • 2009 - Australian government lists Al-Shabaab as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1974 - Justice Robert Hope is appointed to head the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security (RCIS)
  • 2007 - Australia hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Sydney
  • 2000 - Sydney hosts the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
  • 1976 - The Protective Security Coordination Centre (PSCC) is established by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser's cabinet
  • 1966 - Robert Menzies retires as Prime Minister after 26 years; Harold Holt becomes Australia's Prime Minister
  • 1970 - Brigadier Sir Charles Spry concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security, after nearly twenty years
  • 1970 - Peter Barbour commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1973 - A letter bomb sent to a Jewish businessman in Sydney is intercepted by the postal service
  • 1966 - Attempted assassination of the leader of the Australian Labor Party, Arthur Calwell
  • 1972 - Croatians from Australia conduct an abortive raid into Yugoslavia; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 2010 - Julia Gillard replaces Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1967 - An anti-Vietnam war activist conference is held in Sydney
  • 1972 - ASIO begins phasing out its involvement in Vietnam
  • 1974 - The Pan Am airlines office in Sydney is fire bombed
  • 1975 - Bob Ellicott QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1979 - Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, sparking a ten-year war and insurgency
  • 2004 - Release of Report of the Inquiry into Australia's Intelligence Agencies, by Philip Flood AO
  • 1985 - Harvey Barnett AO concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1968 - John Gorton is appointed Prime Minister
  • 1972 - A bomb explodes at a Serbian Orthodox church in Canberra; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1992 - John Moten concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1985 - Final classified report from the Royal Commission on Australia’s Security and Intelligence Agencies (RCASIA) distributed
  • 2004 - Australian government lists Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1968 - The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia, bringing to an end the 'Prague Spring'
  • 1971 - Sen. Ivor Greenwood QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1990 - The first Gulf War commences as Iraqi forces invade Kuwait
  • 1988 - Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO (the ASIO Committee) is established
  • 1988 - Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO (the ASIO Committee) is established
  • 1988 - Iran-Iraq war ends after eight years
  • 1985 - Alan Wrigley AO commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2004 - Prime Minister John Howard announces Inquiry into Australia's Intelligence Agencies, to be undertaken by Philip Flood AO
  • 1990 - Michael Duffy appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1985 - Cabinet approves the move of ASIO Headquarters to Canberra
  • 1981 - ASIO appoints its first internal auditor
  • 1969 - Czech diplomat Karel Franc defects; claims the Soviets have about 25 inactive agents in Australia who are in position should a crisis or war occur
  • 2003 - Government announces the establishment of the National Threat Assessment Centre (NTAC) within ASIO
  • 1972 - Two letter bombs are detected by postal staff, addressed to Israeli diplomats in Sydney; the bombs are sent by the terrorist group Black September
  • 1975 - Frank Mahoney CB OBE commences his interim appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 2001 - Intelligence Services Act 2001 receives royal assent. The Act governs the activities of the foreign intelligence community and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD (PJCAAD)
  • 1998 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election; John Howard remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1988 - John Moten commences his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1988 - Alan Wrigley AO concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1981 - Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Melbourne
  • 1969 - The Liberal-Country Party coalition wins the Federal election; John Gorton remains Prime Minister
  • 1970 - A bomb explodes at the Yugoslav Consulate in Melbourne; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 2011 - Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting held in Perth
  • 2002 - ASIO and law enforcement partners undertake a 5-day long coordinated operation to disrupt the activities of a Jemaah Islamiyah support network in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
  • 2002 - Australian government lists Jemaah Islamiyah as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2002 - Australian government lists Al-Qa'ida as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1979 - Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 given royal assent
  • 1979 - Australian Security Intelligence Organization Act 1979 given royal assent
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Lashkar-e Jhangvi as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Jaish-e-Mohammed as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 2003 - Australian government lists Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as a proscribed terrorist organisation
  • 1973 - An arson attack occurs at the premises of a Croatian newspaper editor in Melbourne; an extension of a long-running conflict between Croatian separatists and the Yugoslav government
  • 1987 - Soviet intelligence officer Valentin Matyushevskiy expelled from Australia
  • 1971 - Nigel Bowen QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 2003 - Second Gulf War commences
  • 1990 - The Australian Labor Party wins the Federal election; Bob Hawke remains Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1972 - A letter bomb is sent to a prominent member of the Sydney Jewish community; following on from other letter bombs sent to Israeli diplomats, the packages are believed to have been sent by the terrorist group Black September
  • 1985 - Cabinet endorses appointment of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS)
  • 1983 - Archives Act 1983 given royal assent
  • 1979 - US Embassy staff seized in Tehran, Iran, sparking a 444 day hostage crisis
  • 1979 - Cabinet nominates ASIO as sole agency responsible for producing national threat assessments on terrorism and politically motivated violence
  • 1977 - First advertisements appear in newspapers for ASIO staff recruitment
  • 2013 - The Liberal-National Coalition wins the Federal election and Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia
  • 2003 - Philip Ruddock appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1977 - Sen. Peter Durack QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1981 - Justice Sir Edward Woodward OBE concludes his appointment as Director-General of Security
  • 1980 - ASIO Technical Support Unit (TSU) established to support counter-terrorism activities
  • 2013 - Mark Dreyfus QC appointed as Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • 1976 - Exercise CAN TOP is held - marking the first multi-agency counter-terrorism exercise in Australia
  • 1974 - In the wake of Papua New Guinea's independence from Australia, ASIO appoints a liaison officer to Papua New Guinea
  • 1976 - ASIO produces its first classified Annual Report
  • 1984 - Joint Commonwealth–State Bomb Task Force formed to investigate the murders and bombings connected with the Family Court in March and July 1984
  • 1976 - Al Fatah activist, Hamid Meziani, is arrested and deported on 13 July 1976