Review of the National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 3) Bill 2023

The Bill would amend the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, the Intelligence Services Act 2001, the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 and the Archives Act 1983 to:

a. strengthen protections around the identity of employees of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS);
b. improve the ability of ASIO to communicate information, and provide additional protections for individuals through making the communication of certain information prescribed administrative action;
c. increase operational flexibility through updated approval processes for certain intelligence activities;
d. clarify provisions relating to the authorisation of certain intelligence activities;
e. provide for quicker processing of non-prejudicial security clearance suitability assessments;
f. require ASIO to notify the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security when certain security assessments, security clearance decisions, and security clearance suitability assessments have not been made or furnished within 12 months; and
g. clarify that only the Attorney-General, and not junior ministers can exercise certain powers relating to ASIO and to telecommunications.

Submissions are invited by Friday 2 February 2024. Further information about making a submission to a parliamentary committee is available here.

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

About this inquiry

The Committee is reviewing the National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 3) Bill 2023. The Bill would amend national security legislation to address twelve recommendations of the 2020 Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community, and to make other amendments identified as necessary by the intelligence community.

Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed


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