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Ministerial and Parliamentary Oversight

ASIO sits within the Home Affairs portfolio, and we report directly to the Minister for Home Affairs on our operations and emerging security issues. The Attorney-General has oversight of ASIO's use of special powers. ASIO also regularly briefs the National Security Committee of Cabinet, other ministers and key members of the Opposition on matters related to national security. 

We are required by legislation to report annually on our performance and demonstrate the value returned to the Commonwealth from its investment in our programs, which we do each October through our Annual Report. We also produce an annual Corporate Plan.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) was formed in 2005. It reviews the administration and expenditure of the National Intelligence Community, as well as matters referred to it by ministers or parliament.

The Director-General of Security also appears before the Commonwealth Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee and answers questions about ASIO’s functions and powers, how we partner and share information with other agencies here and overseas, and developments in the global security environment.