The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security provides independent assurance for the Prime Minister, senior ministers and Parliament as to whether Australia's intelligence and security agencies act legally and with propriety by inspecting, inquiring into and reporting on their activities.

What's New

March 2014 – Inquiry into the actions of ASIO, the AFP and Immigration in respect of an Egyptian irregular maritime arrival who was the subject of an Interpol red notice

In June 2013 the then Prime Minister asked me to conduct an inquiry into the management of the case of a particular Egyptian irregular maritime arrival who was the subject of an Interpol red notice and, more generally, into the management by Australian government agencies of persons seeking asylum who present complex security issues.

The inquiry has been completed and the final report was provided to the Prime Minister on 24 January 2014. The report is classified making its distribution strictly limited. However, given the significant public interest in the outcomes of this inquiry, the Prime Minister has agreed to the public release of an abridged version of the report.

Inquiry into the management of the case of Mr E and related matters

Vivienne Thom
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
13 March 2014

February 2014 – Inquiry into the attendance of legal representative at ASIO interviews

In May 2013, following a complaint, I initiated an inquiry into the attendance of legal representatives at ASIO interviews. The inquiry has been completed and the final report has been provided to the Attorney-General. Download the public report - DOCX 1.1MB | PDF 198KB.

Vivienne Thom
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

15 January 2014 - PID

Public Interest Disclosure Act LogoThe Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) commenced on 15 January 2014.
The legislation creates a public interest disclosure scheme that promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector. It does this by:

  • encouraging and facilitating the disclosure of information by public officials about suspected wrongdoing in the public sector
  • ensuring that public officials who make public interest disclosures are supported and protected from adverse consequences. Read more on the PID

6 December 2013 - Public Statement

The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security does not usually comment or provide information on particular approaches made to it. Matters raised with the office are usually confidential, and often are concerned with national security. Further, to breach the confidence of individual complainants could deter others from raising important concerns with the office. Read the rest of the public statement

29 November 2013 - ASIS Weapons Inquiry

On 15 April 2013, I initiated an inquiry into the provision of weapons and the training in and use of weapons and self-defence techniques by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). The inquiry has been completed and on 29 November 2013 the final report was provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Download the unclassified report