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  • High Risk Terrorist Offenders bill under scrutiny

    The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow as part of its Review of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 November 2020


  • Intelligence Committee to review listings of two terrorist organisations

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced a review of the listing and re-listing of two organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code).

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020


  • Intelligence Committee to focus on higher education and research sector security

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has received a letter from the Minister for Home Affairs agreeing to its suggested Terms of Reference for an inquiry into National Security Risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector with a requested reporting date of July 2021.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 November 2020


  • Mandatory data retention improvements recommended

    A new report into Australia’s mandatory data retention regime recommends the Government implement a number of changes aimed to increasing transparency.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020


  • Extended supervision orders under review

    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020 will be the subject of a new review from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 1 October 2020


  • AFP Counter-Terrorism Powers to be discussed

    A parliamentary inquiry into the counter-terrorism powers held by the Australian Federal Police will hear evidence from the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission at a hearing this week.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 24 September 2020


  • Public hearing on counter-terrorism ‘declared areas’

    A parliamentary inquiry on laws restricting entry to high-risk terrorism zones will hear evidence from the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and other expert government witnesses today.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020


  • PJCIS to review re-listing Islamic State East Asia as a terrorist organisation

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced a review of the re-listing of Islamic State East Asia (ISEA) as a terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code).

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020


  • Foreign interference in universities inquiry under consideration

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has received a letter from the Minister for Home Affairs referring an inquiry into foreign interference in Australia’s universities, publicly funded research agencies and competitive research grants agencies with a requested reporting date of July 2021.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 8 September 2020


  • Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms under Committee scrutiny

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced a statutory review of the operation of Part 14 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. The review will look at Part 14 of the Act, to the extent that it was amended by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017—Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 7 September 2020


  • Citizenship loss bill should pass: Intelligence Committee

    A parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019 has recommended that the Parliament pass the bill with relatively few amendments, in a report tabled today.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 1 September 2020


  • Press freedom report calls for reform and transparency

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press has recommended measures to improve public interest protections and transparency, with a report tabled today.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020


  • Review of the listing and re-listing of three organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review of the listing and re-listing of three organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 13 August 2020


  • Intelligence Committee publishes INSLM’s report reviewing telecommunications amendments

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has today published Dr Renwick’s (Independent National Security Legislation Monitor) report ‘Trust but Verify’—A report concerning the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 and related matters.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 10 July 2020


  • Government and civil society groups to discuss ASIO questioning powers

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing tomorrow for its review into the effectiveness of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 9 July 2020


  • Committee to review ‘Declared area’ provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a statutory review into the ‘declared area’ provisions, listed in sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • AFP terrorism powers under review

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the operation, effectiveness and implications of two sets of terrorism powers relating to the Australian Federal Police.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • ASIO questioning powers under Committee scrutiny

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the effectiveness of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 May 2020


  • Committee to hear from government, communications, and civil society on international productions orders

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold three public hearings this week for its Review into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 11 May 2020


  • PJCIS – Review of the mandatory data retention regime

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has completed its review of the mandatory data retention regime, and is now working on its report.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020


  • Committee to review International Production Orders bill

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the effectiveness of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020. The bill review was requested by the Minister for Home Affairs in a letter to the Committee.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 March 2020


  • Committee to hear from Home Affairs, ASIO and law enforcement on data retention

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its Review of the mandatory data retention regime.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27 February 2020


  • Committee to hear from civil society and communications industry peak body on data retention

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its Review of the mandatory data retention regime.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 13 February 2020


  • Intelligence agencies managing administration and expenditure appropriately

    Today the Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee tabled its review of the administration and expenditure of Australian intelligence agencies for the 2017 18 financial year, fulfilling one of its key statutory oversight responsibilities.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020


  • PJCIS – press freedom inquiry new submissions and reporting timeframe

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has received detailed new evidence to its Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press which has necessitated a further extension to its reporting timeframe.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 December 2019


  • Intelligence Committee tables review of citizenship loss provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has today tabled its report on its Review of the Australian Citizenship renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • 30 years of intelligence oversight

    The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is marking 30 years of operation with the presentation if its Annual report of Committee activities for 2018-2019.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Review of the re-listing of four organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review of the re-listing of four organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 November 2019


  • Press freedom inquiry reporting timeframe

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is busy finalising its consideration of the Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 21 November 2019


  • Report tabled on identity-matching bills

    A parliamentary report into the Identity-matching Services Bill 2019 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019 has recommended both bills be strengthened to provide protections for Australian citizens.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 24 October 2019


  • Committee tables report on bill restricting parole for terrorists

    Today the Chair of the Parliament’s intelligence and security committee tabled its Advisory report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 October 2019


  • Committee to review citizenship cessation bill

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 20 September 2019


  • National security and law enforcement impacts on the press - hearings continue

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold two further public hearings this week for its Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


  • Intelligence and Security Committee supports the listing of terrorist organisations

    The Intelligence and Security Committee today tabled its report supporting regulations listing and re-listing groups, such as Islamic State-Somalia, as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019


  • National security and law enforcement impacts on the press - hearings commence

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will hold two public hearings this week for its Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 12 August 2019


  • Committee to review three national security bills

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced two reviews into the three new national security bills.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 9 August 2019


  • Committee to hear from Government and civil society on citizenship loss provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its Review of the Australian Citizenship renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 1 August 2019


  • Committee to scrutinise groups listed as terrorist organisations

    The Intelligence and Security Committee will question the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Department of Home Affairs in relation to six organisations proposed to be listed as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code) during a public hearing in Canberra tomorrow.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019


  • Committee to scrutinise the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced an inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press. The inquiry was referred by the Attorney-General, The Hon Christian Porter MP, on 4 July 2019, for the PJCIS to inquire into the Terms of Reference.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 5 July 2019




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    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
    PO Box 6021
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600

    Phone: +61 2 6277 2360
    Fax: +61 2 6277 2067
    pjcis@aph.gov.au

    About this committee

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is constituted under section 28 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

    The Committee conducts inquiries into matters referred to it by the Senate, the House of Representatives or a Minister of the Commonwealth Government.

    The Committee also has certain review functions under section 29 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

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    Committee Secretariat contact:

    Committee Secretary
    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
    PO Box 6021
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600

    Phone: +61 2 6277 2360
    Fax: +61 2 6277 4424
    pjcis@aph.gov.au