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Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) performs a key role in the independent oversight and accountability framework by providing assurance to the Australian community about ASIO’s performance of its functions.

The PJCIS remit includes overseeing ASIO’s administration and expenditure; reviewing national security bills; and ensuring national security legislation remains necessary, proportionate and effective.

In 2019–20, ASIO provided written submissions to the PJCIS Review of Administration and Expenditure No. 18 (2018–19). During 2019–20, ASIO also contributed, either directly or through consultation with Home Affairs, to a number of other PJCIS inquiries, including:

  • inquiries on the listing and relisting of terrorist organisations;
  • the review of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019;
  • the review of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation (Assistance and Access) Act 2018;
  • the review of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019;
  • the review of the renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007;
  • the ongoing review into the mandatory data retention regime;
  • the review of the ASIO Amendment Bill 2020;
  • the inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press;
  • the review of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020; and
  • the review of the Identity-matching Services Bill 2019.