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 Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments

Mr Robert Cornall AO was first appointed by the Attorney-General to the role of Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments on 3 September 2015. Mr Cornall's current appointment expires on 26 March 2021.

The reviewer's role is to review ASIO adverse security assessments (ASAs) given to the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) in relation to people who:

  • remain in immigration detention, and
  • have been found by Home Affairs to be owed protection obligations under international law, and
  • are ineligible for a permanent protection visa, or have had their permanent protection visa cancelled, because they are the subject of an ASA.

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 their 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 Home Affairs 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 reviewer can be posted to:

Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments
c/o Integrity and Security Division
Attorney-General's Department

Reporting requirements

The reviewer is required to maintain statistics to be included in ASIO's Annual Report to Parliament.​​