What We Do

The IGIS provides independent assurance to Ministers, the Parliament and the public that Australia’s intelligence and security agencies are acting with legality, propriety and consistency with human rights. 

To do this, the IGIS undertakes a range of investigations, considers complaints and Public Interest Disclosures, and contributes to national security reviews and inquiries.

Inspections - the IGIS has a regular program of inspections across intelligence agencies to check their compliance and procedures in relation to operational activities. 

Inquiries - the IGIS can conduct independent inquiries into matters relating to intelligence agencies. An inquiry can be initiated by the IGIS, as the result of identifying an issue of concern, or an inquiry may be referred by a Minister.

Complaints - the IGIS can investigate complaints made about intelligence agencies. Complaints may be made by members of the public or by an employee or former employee of an intelligence and security agency. The IGIS may also consider a public interest disclosure about an intelligence agency.

Submissions - the IGIS regularly makes submissions to parliamentary inquiries and other reviews of national security matters, providing comment on the appropriate oversight and accountability requirements relating to the powers of intelligence and security agencies.

Public Engagement - the IGIS engages with community groups and national security experts in Australia and internationally through public speaking, participation in oversight forums and convening a civil society reference group.