Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Australia)

Owning Institution

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act provides for the appointment of the INSLM. The INSLM independently reviews the operation, effectiveness and implications of national security and counter-terrorism laws; and considers whether the laws contain appropriate protections for individual rights, remain proportionate to terrorism or national security threats, and remain necessary. In conducting the review the INSLM has access to all relevant material, regardless of national security classification, can compel answers to questions, and holds public and private hearings. INSLM reports are provided to the Prime Minister and are tabled promptly in Parliament. The INSLM does not deal with complaints but welcomes submissions on the reviews. The INSLM is a part-time role and is supported by a small permanent staff located in Canberra. More information and contact details can be found at
There have been three INSLMs since the role began in 2010: Bret Walker SC, the Hon Roger Gyles AO, QC and the current INSLM, Dr James Renwick SC.

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Annual Report

4 Dec 2017

Reviews the activities of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, tasked with assessing the appropriateness or effectiveness of Australia's national security laws, for the reporting period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.


7 Sep 2017

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has reviewed the ‘declared areas’ provisions in div 119 of the Criminal Code and recommends that the laws be continued, subject to some changes.


7 Sep 2017

This review concerns certain ‘stop, search, and seize powers’ contained in the pt IAA div 3A of the Crimes Act, which, except for a stand-alone power of emergency entry to premises without warrant, can only be exercised over ‘Commonwealth places’ and where there is a...


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...


8 Feb 2017


This report is to review the operation, effectiveness, and implications, of the relevant legislation, including consideration as to whether it: contains appropriate safeguards for protecting the rights of individuals; remains proportionate to the threat of terrorism, or threat to national security, or...

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