What we do


  • monitors what the Australian intelligence and security agencies do
  • conducts inquiries, either self-initiated or at the request of government
  • investigates complaints about the agencies
  • makes recommendations to government
  • provides annual reports to the Parliament.

The IGIS has extensive powers to obtain information and can:

  • require any person to answer questions and produce relevant documents
  • take sworn evidence
  • enter agency premises.

The IGIS' inquiries are conducted in private, but many of them are reported in annual reports.