Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is an independent statutory office holder who reviews the activities of the six intelligence agencies, namely: - Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - ASIO - Australian Secret Intelligence Service - ASIS - Australian Signals Directorate - ASD - Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation - AGO - Defence Intelligence organisation - DIO - Office of National Assessments - ONA The purpose of this review is to ensure that the agencies act legally and with propriety, comply with ministerial guidelines and directives and respect human rights. The Inspector-General 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 Inspector-General can also act independently to initiate inquiries and conducts regular inspections and monitoring of agency activities. In conducting an inquiry, the Inspector-General has significant powers which include requiring the attendance of witnesses, taking sworn evidence, copying and retention of documents and entry into an Australian intelligence agency's premises.

Key People

Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non-corporate Commonwealth entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Primary body

  • GFS Function / Sector Reported


  • Materiality


  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency with Dual Staffing Powers

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security The Hon Christopher Jessup QC 8 February 2021 7 February 2026
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