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.
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?
GFS Function / Sector Reported
Public Order and Safety
PS Act Body
Yes - Statutory Agency with Dual Staffing Powers
1 February 1987