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Reporting and Accountability

As an accountable public agency, we are committed to transparency, accountability and compliance with legislation and Government policy.

The Office’s financial statements are available in the annual report.

The Office’s Portfolio Budget Statements are available on the website of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Pursuant to the Senate Order on agency contracts, the following sets out contracts entered into by the Office which provides for consideration to the value of $100,000 or more and which (a) have not been fully performed as at the reporting date, or (b) which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to the reporting date.

The IGIS’s Senate Order listing on procurement contracts is published on AusTender and can be accessed by the Senate Order link.

The accountable authority of the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

Recent Senate Orders for Entity Contracts:

Senate Order for Entity Contracts - 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Senate Order for Entity Contracts - 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2023

Senate Order for Entity Contracts - 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022

Senate Order for Entity Contracts - 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021

Directions from the Attorney-General about the provision of legal services to the Australian Government require that ‘the agency’s legal services purchasing, including expenditure, is appropriately recorded and monitored and that, by 30 October each year, the agency makes publicly available records of its legal services expenditure for the previous financial year’ (Legal Services Directions 2005, 11.1 (ba)).

Use of the Australian Government Solicitor for national security matters is a requirement specified in the Attorney-General’s Legal Services Directions (issued pursuant to section 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903).

Expenditure on legal services for the Office of the IGIS fluctuates from year to year and is largely dependent on the nature of inquiries undertaken. Expenditure for each financial year is provided in the annual report.

In 2022–23, expenditure on legal services by the Office was:

  • Australian Government Solicitor: $56,889 for tied work pursuant to the Commonwealth Legal Services Directions

In accordance with the Australian Public Service Commission's guidelines on gifts and benefits, agency heads (including departmental secretaries) must not accept gifts or benefits which might reasonably be seen to compromise their integrity.

Agency heads must publish a register of gifts and benefits they accept, and all gifts or benefits accepted (valued at over $AUD100 ex GST) must be publicly disclosed. The register is updated quarterly.

View the Gifts and Benefits Register

The Office makes public the annual value of consultancy services let of $10 000 or more. This information is available through AusTender.

Senate Order 12 for production of indexed lists  (Harradine Order) requires all Australian Government departments and agencies to table before parliament a letter of advice that an indexed list of the titles of all relevant files, including new parts of existing files, created in the preceding six months commencing on 1 January and on 1 July, respectively, has been placed on the internet. The production of the list is intended to make the operations of government more transparent to the Australian public.

In accordance with the Order, the list does not include:

  • files transferred to the National Archives of Australia
  • files essentially related to the Inspector-General's internal administration (staff or personnel, accounts, training, or general administrative matters)
  • case related files (for example personal representation or dealing with the personal affairs of complainants).

In accordance with the Order, some information in file titles is deleted, such as:

  • commercially confidential information
  • personally identifiable information, and any security classified information which is disclosed in or which could reasonably be established from a file title.

File lists:

July - December 2023
January - June 2023

July - December 2022
January - June 2022

July - December 2021
January - June 2021

The IGIS Audit Committee is established in accordance with the PGPA Act. The Audit Committee’s role is to provide independent assurance and advice to the Inspector-General on the appropriateness of the Office’s financial and performance reporting responsibilities, system of risk oversight and management, and system of internal control.

More information about the membership and functions of the IGIS Audit Committee is available in the IGIS Audit Committee Charter and the annual report.

The APS employee census (the Census) is an annual opinion survey and an important tool to collect information about each agency’s workforce. The Census collects information on important workforce issues, such as:

  • job satisfaction
  • employee engagement
  • performance management
  • leadership
  • general impressions of the APS.

We have considered the 2023 Census Results for IGIS. Given the unique circumstances of the size and purpose of our agency, we wanted to understand the results better and identify areas where we could continuously improve.

We consulted with staff who provided useful insights and ideas that we have built into our Census Action Plan. Sharing the agency’s outcomes and actions reflects our commitment to delivering on our results.

The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. The Office currently has nil interactions with children in our day-to-day business; however, we recognise that it is the shared responsibility of all government agencies to prevent child exploitation and abuse. The Office has zero tolerance for child abuse and exploitation, and any allegations and concerns for the safety of children and young people will be treated most seriously. IGIS is committed to the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, and compliance with the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework.

A risk assessment undertaken in 2023 rated the Office’s child safety risk as LOW. IGIS staff generally have no interaction with children; however, there may be very rare occasions where an IGIS officer works or engages directly with a child or children in the course of their duties. Such possible occasions include:

  • An IGIS officer attends an ASIO interview of a minor undertaken under a questioning warrant issued pursuant to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979;
  • A person under the age of 18 applies for employment with IGIS;
  • A person under the age of 18 makes a complaint to IGIS regarding an intelligence agency within IGIS jurisdiction; or
  • An IGIS officer delivers a presentation to university students, some of whom may be under the age of 18.

Where appropriate, the Office has mitigations in place to further reduce the risk to child safety. These mitigations include multiple officers being present when an interaction is identified to involve a child, activity-specific risk assessments being completed when an activity is identified to involve a child, and officers receiving training on trauma-informed practices when relevant to their work. With these mitigations in place, the 2023 annual risk assessment identified that each of the Office’s activities pose a LOW or VERY LOW risk to child safety.

In 2023, the Office developed a child safety policy to provide guidance to staff regarding their obligations, relevant training, suitable mitigation strategies, and the Office’s approach to maintaining compliance.

IGIS will continue to embed child safe initiatives into our culture and work practices, and will undertake an annual risk assessment to identify, evaluate, and manage any risk to child safety in IGIS activities.