National security

Report

12 Dec 2017

The 2017 report is the fourth annual cyber maturity report. It covers 25 countries and includes assessment of Taiwan and Vanuatu for the first time.

The United States continues its leadership of the country rankings and although the transition to the Trump administration caused...

Commentary

7 Dec 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced a crackdown on foreign interference in Australian politics and national security. Proposed laws include a ban on foreign political donations, new criminal offences, and a transparency register for those acting on behalf of foreign governments or organisations.

Prime Minister...

Report

5 Dec 2017

The United States is facing multiple challenges to sustaining its military-technological edge in the Indo-Pacific :

- The proliferation of advanced missiles, submarines, satellites and other technology has raised the costs and risks for the United States in a...

Strategy

23 Nov 2017

The government is publishing this White Paper to chart a clear course for Australia at a time of rapid change. Over the coming decade Australia will need to pursue its interests in a more competitive and contested world.

Our world is now...

Report

23 Nov 2017

Terrorism and violent extremism remain significant threats to international peace and security. Although few countries have been immune, Africa has been particularly susceptible. Weak institutions, porous borders, inadequately trained or ill-equipped security forces, historical grievances and a lack of economic opportunities have created conditions for...

Strategy

20 Nov 2017

The number one priority of the Victorian Government is the safety and security of the people of Victoria.

The Victorian Government takes a joined up approach in responding to the threat of terrorism – working with all key partners. This approach seeks to balance...

Report

20 Nov 2017

In June 2017, the Victorian government established the independent Expert Panel on Terrorism and Violent Extremism Prevention and Response Powers (‘Expert Panel’), led by former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay AO, and former Victorian Court of Appeal Justice, the Hon David Harper AM....

Report

13 Nov 2017

There has been much talk about the changing global environment in recent years with significant shifts in the global economy, politics and governance.

As a result, the standards and institutions that Australia has relied on, in some cases for decades, to underpin...

Report

2 Nov 2017

While much public attention has been given to the acquisition of Australia’s new submarines and frigates, the acquisition of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to replace the Armidale-class patrol boats under Project SEA 1180 has attracted much less scrutiny or comment. It deserves more.

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Annual Report

24 Oct 2017

This is the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS)’s annual report for the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. This report has been prepared in accordance with legislative requirements.

These include the annual reporting requirements set out in the Public Governance,...

Journal article

18 Oct 2017

On the afternoon of July 29, 2017, members of the New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested four men. This was not unusual; counterterrorism raids have been common in Australia for over three years. Ever since former Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s September...

Annual Report

17 Oct 2017

ASIO’s Annual Report to Parliament for 2016-17 was tabled in both houses of Parliament on 17 October 2017.

ASIO is the only Australian intelligence agency that publicly releases an annual report. The report serves to inform the Parliament and public of how ASIO performed...

Report

15 Oct 2017

Strategic risk is a grey area in which governments need to make critical assessments of capability, motive and intent. Over recent decades, judgements in this area have relied heavily on the conclusion that the capabilities required for a serious assault on Australia simply did...

Report

10 Oct 2017

The last year has again demonstrated the growing public appetite to understand and defend against the evolving cyber threats facing Australia. High profile incidents of cybercrime have exemplified the speed with which cyber threats can propagate globally, how rapidly adversaries can adapt to security responses,...

Report

7 Sep 2017

This is one of three reports provided simultaneously to the Prime Minister as required by s 6(1B) of the INSLM Act. Each report concerns counter-terrorism legislation which, unless renewed, is due to expire by 7 September 2018.

The INSLM Act requires me...

Report

7 Sep 2017

This is one of three reports provided simultaneously to the Prime Minister as required by s 6(1B) of the INSLM Act. Each report concerns counter-terrorism legislation which, unless renewed, is due to expire by 7 September 2018.

The INSLM Act...

Report

7 Sep 2017

The articles reprinted in this report give a range of perspectives on the recent Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) review and its recommendations.

The articles in this report suggest that changes recommended by the review would change the profile of intelligence within the government, giving...

Report

7 Sep 2017

This is one of three reports provided simultaneously to the Prime Minister as required by s 6(1B) of the INSLM Act. Each report concerns counter-terrorism legislation which, unless renewed, is due to expire by 7 September 2018.

The INSLM Act requires me to provide...

Commentary

2 Sep 2017

The latest volley of North Korean ballistic missiles, one of which flew over northern Japan, has pushed tensions on the Korean peninsula to a perilous tipping point where war is no longer unimaginable. The real prospect of a military conflict between nuclear-armed North Korea and...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2017

Key points:

The seizure of Marawi city by Daesh-linked militants is a game-changer for Southeast Asia, and presents a threat to all countries of the region. Limiting the movement of money, technology, recruits and planning support to extremist groups in the southern Philippines...