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Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments

The Hon Margaret Stone has been appointed by the Attorney-General as Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments. The Reviewer’s role is to review ASIO adverse security assessments (ASAs) given to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in relation to people who remain in immigration detention and have been found by DIAC to:

  1. engage Australia’s protection obligations under international law, and
  2. not be eligible for a permanent protection visa, or who have had their permanent protection visa cancelled.

The Reviewer examines all material relied upon by ASIO in making the security assessment, as well as other relevant material, and forms an opinion on whether the assessment is an appropriate outcome. The applicant may also submit material for the Reviewer’s consideration.

The Reviewer provides her recommendations to the Director-General of Security. The Director-General must respond to the Reviewer and may determine whether to take action if he agrees with the Reviewer’s opinion. The applicant will be told the outcome of the review, including the Director-General’s response. The Attorney-General, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security are also provided with copies of the Reviewer’s recommendations.

The Reviewer also has a role to conduct a periodic review of ASAs for eligible persons every 12 months.

Correspondence for the Independent Reviewer can be emailed to ir@independentreviewer.gov.au or posted to:

Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments
PO Box 427
MILSONS POINT NSW 1565

Reporting requirements

The terms of reference require the Reviewer to maintain statistics to be included annually in the ASIO Report to Parliament. The first reporting period will be from the date the Reviewer commenced (3 December 2012) until June 2013.