Complaints that IGIS can investigate

The IGIS can investigate complaints received concerning all agencies of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) that is, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO). Issues can be raised with the Inspector-General about Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) and the Office of National Assessments (ONA) but there is no formal right to complain.

The IGIS can investigate any matter pertaining to the legality or propriety of all of the activities conducted by any of the AIC member organisations.  This means, generally, that the IGIS can investigate complaints about an agency’s compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth and the States and Territories, or directions or guidelines provided to that agency by the responsible minister.  This also extends to the propriety of particular activities of the agencies.

The IGIS can investigate matters pertaining to staff grievance processes in these agencies.  The IGIS can also investigate matters arising from a specific staff grievance though we would not usually do so before all of the available staff redress of grievance processes have been utilised.

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.

More information about the PID Act is available.