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Comprehensive review of the legal framework governing the National Intelligence Community


Public submissions to the review are now open, and close on 1 December 2018

On 30 May 2018, the Attorney-General announced that the government has commissioned a comprehensive review of the legal framework governing the National Intelligence Community.

Dennis Richardson AO has been appointed as the Reviewer. Mr Richardson was the Secretary of the Department of Defence from 2012 to 2017, and brings a deep knowledge and experience of the
National Intelligence Community and its operations to the review. Mr Richardson was formerly Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2010 to 2012, the Ambassador of Australia to the United States from 2005 to 2009 and Director‑General of Security from 1996 to 2005.

The review implements a recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review that:

A comprehensive review of the Acts governing Australia's intelligence community be undertaken to ensure agencies operate under a legislative framework which is clear, coherent and contains consistent protections for Australians.

The review will comprehensively examine the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing the
National Intelligence Community and prepare findings and recommendations for reforms. The review will prepare a classified report for the government by the end of 2019, followed by an unclassified version of that report. For more information on the review's remit, please see the following:

The review is supported by a Secretariat in the Attorney-General's Department.

Public submissions

Public submissions are invited on matters covered in the review's Terms of Reference.

Submissions can be made to the review at comprehensivereview@ag.gov.au or by post to:

Comprehensive Review
c/o Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

The closing date for public submissions is 1 December 2018.