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Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

Committee establishment, role and history

Role of the Intelligence and Security Committee

The Committee is appointed under section 28 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 (the IS Act).

Section 29 of the IS Act states that the functions of the Committee include:

The Committee is not authorised to initiate its own references, but may resolve to request the responsible Minister refer a particular matter to it for review.

Section 31 provides for the Committee to prepare and table an Annual Report as soon as practicable after each year ending 30 June.

The IS Act limits the inquiry powers of the Committee by providing that the functions of the Committee do not include:

Further information

For further information on the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee contact the Committee Secretariat.

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