Home Affairs
ASIO's role is to identify and investigate threats to security, wherever they arise, and to provide advice to protect Australia, its people and its interests. ASIO's functions are set out in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (the ASIO Act). Security is defined in the ASIO Act as espionage, serious threats to Australia's territorial and border integrity, sabotage, politically motivated violence, the promotion of communal violence, attacks on Australia's defence system, and acts of foreign interference. It also includes the carrying out of Australia's responsibilities to any foreign country in relation to threats to security with a particular focus on politically motivated violence.
Appropriations 526784000
Departmental expenses 550157000
Average staffing level 1898

Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    PGPA Rule (Schedule 1)

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Public Order and Safety

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    16 March 1949

  • Postal Address

    GPO Box 2176, Canberra ACT 2601

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Director-General Mr. Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC 15 September 2014 14 September 2019

Enquiry Lines

Title Phone Number Hours of Operation Description
ASIO - Australian Security Intelligence 1800 020 648
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