ASIO’s annual report to Parliament for 2018-19 was tabled in both houses of Parliament on 16 October 2019.
This year’s annual report highlights our key achievements during the reporting period including performance against ASIO‘s key objectives as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2018-19. We do so every year to demonstrate to Australia our public value and ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability.
The 2018-19 annual report includes:
- a review of the year by the Director-General (Part 1);
- a description of ASIO’s role and structure (Part 2);
- an overview of Australia’s security environment and outlook (Part 3);
- a report on how ASIO performed against the performance measures and targets set out in our 2018-19 corporate plan (Part 4);
- a report on corporate management, oversight and accountability arrangements and external scrutiny of ASIO (Part 5); and
- our financial statements for 2018-19 (Part 6).
For the past seven decades ASIO’s resolute focus has been on protecting Australia from those who wish us harm. This year has been no different—another year of high operational tempo, another year where ASIO has again been at the forefront of confronting Australia’s national security challenges.
The annual report highlights ASIO’s key achievements during 2018-19, including:
- working with policymakers to support consideration of legislative measures to strengthen Australia’s efforts to counter terrorism and harmful espionage and foreign interference affecting Australia’s national interests. This includes informing the development of the Strengthening the Citizenship Loss Provisions Bill 2018, Counter Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion orders) Bill 2019, and the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act;
- our significant contributions to the identification, disruption and subsequent government and industry responses to terrorism-related incidents and threats to Australians and Australian interests;
- publishing more than 1600 intelligence reports, inspection reports, threat assessments and analytical reports on terrorism, espionage and foreign interference and border security issues, to support the work of the Australian Government and our national security partners in responding to security threats; and
- providing highly sought-after protective security advice to government and industry security managers, including through the Business and Government Liaison Unit (BGLU) website (with over 4480 government and industry subscribers), BGLU’s sectoral briefing days and ASIO-T4’s physical security advice.
These achievements are not ASIO’s alone – we work closely with our partners in government, law enforcement, industry and the Australian community as part of the national effort to protect Australians and Australia’s interests from security threats. The value of ASIO’s contribution to this effort was reflected in our independent 2019 Annual Stakeholder Survey, which concluded that:
- ASIO continues to be highly regarded as an effective partner offering high quality and largely unique services;
- ASIO officers are well trained, professional and demonstrate responsiveness and commitment to working closely with our stakeholders; and
- ASIO’s brand remains strong and trusted and we are viewed as being a partner of first choice.