The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is governed by Australian law and the Australian Government.
ASD was formerly known as the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). We were renamed in May 2013 to reflect our national role in cyber security, disaster response and national security. The renaming did not affect our functions, powers or accountability. All references in legislation to DSD should be taken to be references to ASD.
- Intelligence Services Act 2001 defines our role and functions
- National Security Committee of Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, sets our priorities
- Minister for Defence authorises the conduct of specific activities and makes privacy rules to protect the privacy of Australians
- Department of Defence, comprising the Australian Defence Force and supporting Australian Public Service agencies, works to defend Australia and Australia’s national interests