Intelligence service

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,...

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...


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...

Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

The incoming Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton insists his new super-portfolio is all about protecting Australia and not advancing political agendas. The massive shake-up of security and intelligence agencies means that ASIO, the AFP and Border Force will all report to him. But the Minister...

Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

Michael L'Estrange said the Prime Minister pointed out yesterday a new super Home Affairs ministry had been considered at various times before by government.

But he told RN Breakfast, 'I am not privy to the deliberations on a Home Affairs portfolio'.

He said,...


17 Jul 2017

The 2017 independent review of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) has prepared findings and recommendations on the AIC and related issues below in a classified report for the government, along with this unclassified version of that report.

The review focused on the Office of...

Research report

27 Apr 2017


Civic engagement today takes place in a rapidly evolving information ecosystem. More and more, traditional forums for discussion, the exchange of ideas, and debate are mirrored online on platforms like Facebook – leading to an increase in individual access and agency in...


8 Feb 2017


A poll conducted by the Australian National University in 2016 on Attitudes to National Security revealed that 56 percent of Australians believe that the government ‘could do more’ to prevent a terrorist attack. Ten years earlier, that figure was only 39 percent....



6 Feb 2017


When the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) released its Top Four Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions in 2011, it was revolutionary, because it cut to the chase. Do these four things first, before anything else, and you'll repel 85 percent of targeted...

Research report

13 Oct 2016

This is a publicly available version of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's classified annual report, providing insight into ASIO’s outcomes and activities.


ASIO’s intelligence and cooperation with partners contributed to the disruption of three terrorist plots during the period relating to...

Research report

11 Oct 2016

The Inspector-General’s review summarises the issues and developments affecting the office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (OIGIS) during the reporting period, provides an overview of its performance and financial results, and discusses the outlook for the year ahead.



Audio podcast

4 Aug 2016

For this episode of the podcast Sub Rosa, Andrew interviewed former GCHQ employee David Wells about counter-terrorism.

GCHQ is the UK government’s signals intelligence agency, similar to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) or the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). The interview discusses the...

Audio interview

Audio program

7 Jul 2016

Peter Leahy, director of the National Security Institute, was chief of the Australian Army when it went to war in Iraq in 2003. He speaks with Kim Landers about the findings of the Chilcot report into the UK's presence in Iraq and about Australia's role...

Research report

7 Jul 2016

Criminal intelligence (CrimInt) is so useful in serious criminal investigations that it’s difficult to envisage a situation where it shouldn’t be sought and used if it’s available.

This special report argues that Australia’s current arrangements for gathering and disseminating CrimInt overseas are suboptimal....

Research report

6 Jul 2016

In this Executive Summary, the Inquiry sets out its conclusions on a number of issues that have been central to the controversies surrounding Iraq. In addition to the factors that shaped the decision to take military action in March 2003 without support for an authorising...

Research report

6 Jun 2016

Australian participation in the operation of Pine Gap is effectively complete, with access to all areas of the base except the US National Cryptographic Room. The senior Australian Defence officials who negotiated the original implementing agreement with the CIA sought and obtained access to all...


18 May 2016

Paul Dibb AM has had an extraordinary career. He enjoys an international scholarly reputation of the highest order, while at the same time he has done much distinguished public service. He was a pioneer in moving back and forth between posts in government departments, notably...

Research report

22 Feb 2016

Antennas are the most readily available and visible evidence of the existence, character, and size of signals intelligence facilities that operate or monitor space systems. Coupled with data on the timing of developments in US geosynchronous satellite programs, the timing of antenna installation now permits,...

Research report

2 Feb 2016

This report argues that section 35P of the ASIO Act is not justified, and that it does not contain adequate safeguards for protecting the rights of outsiders and is not proportionate to the threat of terrorism or the threat to national security.


Research report

9 Dec 2015


Few strategic issues have galvanised public attention in Australia as the decision by the Northern Territory Government to lease key facilities in the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company, Landbridge. This Strategic Insights brings together items published on our blog The...