The ASIO Annual Report 2019-20 was tabled in both houses of Parliament on 15 October 2020.
At a glance
The threats of terrorism, espionage and foreign interference recognise no borders. They are persistent, and their enduring nature means we cannot afford to rest on our successes.
ASIO must operate lawfully, in proportion to the threats we are investigating, and in line with the standards and expectations of the Australian community. We don't just do what is legal, we do what is right.
We need people who can out-think and out-imagine our adversaries to achieve our mission of protecting Australia and Australians. We also need to ensure that our workforce continues to mirror the diversity of the society we serve.
ASIOʼs new organisational structure sets out clear lines of authority and responsibility.
Australia’s national terrorism threat level remains at PROBABLE. The primary threat remains Sunni Islamic extremism, but other violent ideologies—such as those of the extreme right—are also of concern.
The threat to Australia from foreign states seeking to obtain strategic advantage at the expense of Australia and its interests cannot be understated.
In response to COVID-19, ASIO adapted its operating model to maintain coverage of high-priority targets related to our counter-terrorism and counter–espionage and foreign interference missions.
Ethical behaviour and integrity are core values of the Organisation.