The nature of ONA's work means that most of what we produce must remain confidential. But ONA, like the other agencies of the Australian intelligence community (AIC), is accountable at several levels to the Australian government and through it to the citizens of Australia.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security provides 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 Deputy Secretary of National Security, ensures the national intelligence effort is broadly 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. ASIO, Defence agencies and ONA are all also subject to scrutiny through the Senate's Budget and Additional Estimates process.
AIC Accountability & Oversight
AIC Ministerial Oversight