David Irvine AO

31 March 2022

David Irvine will be deeply missed. 

As a Director-General, diplomat and the Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, David made an enormous contribution to the security and safety of Australia over many decades. 

David served as Director-General of ASIO from March 2009 until September 2014. He was an exceptional, wise and humble leader. 

Prior to his appointment to ASIO, David served as Director-General of ASIS from 2003 to 2009. He is the only person to have led both Australia's foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security service. 

David mentored many intelligence professionals over the course of his career and he leaves a rich and meaningful legacy. 

The ASIO family is mourning his passing. 

Our thoughts are with David's wife, Robin, and his family as well as his close friends, including here in ASIO. 

Vale David. 

Mike Burgess 
Director-General of Security