As Australia’s security service, ASIO relies on the continued trust of the Australian people to do our work. Our commitment to strong, independent oversight is unwavering, as is our desire to be transparent about ASIO’s activities where we can.
Wherever possible, ASIO uses the least intrusive method available to collect security intelligence. We don't just do what is legal, we do what is right.
ASIO is subject to a stringent oversight and accountability framework, including by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, who has powers akin to a Royal Commission.
Key elements include:
- the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
- ASIO’s Annual Report
- the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
- the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments
- the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor
- Intelligence Services Act 2001
- Ministerial guidelines issued by the Minister for Home Affairs
- the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and other parliamentary committees, including scheduled appearances before Senate Estimates
- Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
- the Statement of Procedures for ASIO’s questioning powers, approved by the Attorney-General
- Telecommunications (Intercept and Access) Act 1979.
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