ASD’s purpose is to defend Australia from global threats and advance the national interest through providing foreign signals intelligence, cyber security support and conducting offensive cyber operations, as directed by the Australian Government. While ASD’s purpose will not change significantly over the duration of this corporate plan, the way in which ASD meets the needs of Australians and the Australian Government will evolve in response to shifts in its operating context and changes in the global threat environment.
Since ASD’s establishment as a statutory agency, in July 2018, ASD has continued to develop its performance evaluation processes to ensure it effectively demonstrates the value of its activities to the Australian Government. As part of the development of this corporate plan, ASD had designed a set of seven performance measures to support the evaluation of ASD’s performance against its key activities and purpose.
For the duration of this corporate plan, ASD will assess and measure its performance through a mix of qualitative and quantitative assessments. The performance criteria, measures and evaluation methodology are detailed in the following tables. ASD will continue to develop its performance evaluation processes to ensure it effectively demonstrates the value of ASD’s activities to the Australian Government. Due to the nature of ASD’s work, some performance measures will continue to be reported through existing performance frameworks in classified channels.