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Information Briefs

ASIO Overview provides an introduction to ASIO. The brief explores ASIO's mandate, how it does its work, its resources and its product.

ASIO's Legislative Framework lists all the legislation ASIO refers to on a day-to-day basis. It lists ASIO's special powers and their source-sections. It also explores the legal aspects of ASIO's oversight and accountability framework.

The Concept of Security Intelligence explores the underlying reasoning behind the existence of ASIO. It explains the value of having a security intelligence organisation, providing reasons why security intelligence is different from foreign intelligence and describing how the two interact. It also has a detailed examination of the history of security intelligence in Australia, incorporating elements of the findings of the Hope Royal Commission and Prime Minister Chifley's original directive to Justice Reed. 

What Security means to ASIO explains that for ASIO, 'security' has a very specific meaning, derived from the ASIO Act. It also explains what ASIO can investigate; how ASIO determines relevance to 'security'; and notes that 'security' is defined thematically, not geographically (which means that ASIO can operate anywhere there is a threat to 'security' as defined in the ASIO Act).

ASIO's Security Assessment Function describes ASIO's role in providing Security Assessment's in a range of areas including Visa Security Assessments, Applications for Australian Citizenship, Passports, Access to National Security classified information and Counter-Terrorism Security Assessments.

Overseas Role and Presence explains why ASIO liaises overseas, details the extent of ASIO's presence, lists the foreign liaison officers based in Australia, and explores the coordination of ASI's liaison relationships with other agencies.

Protective Security and ASIO T4 explains T4's role, the basis of its activities, characterises its protective security advice and its parallels within the Australian Government. It also explores T4's training, testing and policy contributions and outlines its priorities.