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 or the House of Representatives or a Minister of the Commonwealth Government.

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

Track Committee

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 2067
pjcis@aph.gov.au

Role of the Committee

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is appointed under section 28 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 (the IS Act).

Section 29 of the IS Act provides that the functions of the Committee are to:

Under section 102.1A of the Criminal Code, the Committee may also review any regulations made for the listing (or re-listing) of a "terrorist organisation" and report the Committee's comments and recommendations to each House of the Parliament before the end of the applicable disallowance period–a period of 15 sitting days after the regulation was laid before that House.

Further, the Committee may review and report on the declaration of any terrorist organisation for the purposes of section 35AA of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.

The Committee is otherwise 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 of the IS Act requires 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:

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