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Activity 5 Advice to parliamentary committees and others

About advice to parliamentary committees and others

The IGIS is invited on a regular basis to participate in the proceedings of parliamentary committees and other similar bodies.

Performance summary

Providing advice to parliamentary committees and others on oversight issues relating to intelligence agency powers and functions

Performance criteria: timeliness of advice provided to parliamentary committees and similar bodies

Target: written submissions provided by the date requested or agreed

Source: Corporate Plan 2016-20

All advice was provided by the agreed dates.

During the reporting period the IGIS appeared at five parliamentary committee hearings, and contributed to an independent review.

Discussion

Senate estimates hearings

The Inspector-General appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration on 17 October 2016 for Supplementary Budget Estimates, on 27 February 2017 during the 2016-17 Additional Estimates hearings and on 22 May 2017 for Budget Estimates.

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

The Inspector-General participated in two inquiries conducted by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security during 2016–17:

  • Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016
  • Review of ASIO's questioning and detention powers.

2017 Independent Intelligence Review

In November 2016 the Government announced an independent review of the Australian Intelligence Community. The Inspector-General contributed to the review by meeting with the review team on several occasions and making a submissions.

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