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.
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
The 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