The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is accountable to the Australian Government and the independent Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. As an independent statutory agency ASD has corporate reporting obligations, in particular through meeting the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
- ASD is included in the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements (PDF) and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements reporting at an unclassified level on our resourcing and approach to meet the Australian Government’s direction for our priorities.
- ASD attends Senate Estimates hearings as a separate statutory entity within the Defence portfolio.
- ASD publicly reports on its performance through the release of an annual report.
- ASD also produces a classified annual report for the Minister for Defence.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security regularly reviews and has oversight of ASD’s administration and resourcing.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security provides independent assurance that Australia’s intelligence and security agencies act legally and with propriety. The Inspector-General’s authority includes complete access to agency records and powers to require evidence. If you suspect wrongdoing, you can make a public interest disclosure to the Inspector-General.