The current Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) is the Hon. Margaret Stone.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) is an independent statutory office holder who reviews the activities of the six intelligence agencies known as the ‘Australian Intelligence Community’, namely the:
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation;
- Australian Secret Intelligence Service;
- Australian Signals Directorate;
- Australian Geospatial-Imagery Organisation;
- Defence Intelligence Organisation; and
- Office of National Assessments.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that the agencies act legally and with propriety, comply with ministerial guidelines and directives and respect human rights. The IGIS can undertake a formal inquiry into the activities of an Australian intelligence agency in response to a complaint or a reference from a minister. The IGIS can also act independently to initiate inquiries and conducts regular inspections and monitoring of agency activities.
In conducting an inquiry, the IGIS has significant powers which include requiring the attendance of witnesses, taking sworn evidence, copying and retaining documents and entry into the premises of an Australian intelligence agency.