Oversight and Accountability
The very nature of ONA's work means that most of what we produce must remain confidential. But for that reason it is particularly important that ONA, like the other agencies of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC), is responsible to the Australian Government, and through it the citizens of Australia for our activities. An extensive accountability and oversight regime therefore governs the work we and other AIC agencies do.
As a part of this rigorous regime ONA has privacy guidelines in
place that relate to the communication or retention by ONA of
intelligence information about Australian persons. The guidelines
were developed in consultation with the Attorney-General and the
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
View the Privacy Guidelines
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security provides the independent assurance that AIC agencies conduct their activities within the law, behave with propriety and comply with ministerial guidelines and directives (http://www.igis.gov.au/).
The National Security Committee of Cabinet (NSC) is the peak ministerial decision making body on national security matters, and the Secretaries Committee on National Security the peak officials level committee considering national security matters.
The National Intelligence Coordination Committee, chaired by the National Security Adviser, ensures the broad national intelligence effort is fully and effectively integrated.
Parliamentary oversight of the administration and expenditure of the AIC is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
Australian Intelligence Community - Accountability
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