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Committee satisfied with operation of intelligence agencies amidst complex, challenging and changing security environment

Parliament of Australia 2 mins read

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has today tabled its annual review of six Australian intelligence agencies. The review, covering the 2021-2022 period, found that amidst a changing strategic environment where espionage and foreign interference has overtaken terrorism as Australia’s principal security concern, Australia’s intelligence agencies largely worked in an effective, and increasingly collaborative, manner.

‘The Committee found that, on the whole, agencies performed their roles well, particularly considering the challenging operational environment faced by agencies over the reporting period’, said Committee Chair, Mr Peter Khalil MP.

The Committee made one recommendation. Noting the rapid pace and ambition of elements of the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) REDSPICE program, the Committee recommended that ASD provide the Committee with an additional update six months after each ASD submission to the review of administration and expenditure, for the duration of the REDSPICE program.

Mr Khalil said, ‘The work of Australia’s intelligence agencies is becoming increasingly complex and challenging. ASD’s defence of Australia in the cyber realm will be significantly boosted by the REDSPICE program, which is intended to deliver forward-looking capabilities essential to maintaining Australia's strategic advantage and capability edge over the coming decade and beyond.

‘It is important, given the significant investment involved, that the Committee be kept up to date with the maturity of the REDSPICE program’, added Mr Khalil.

The Committee’s report can be found via the Committee’s webpage here Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)

Media inquiries

Chair Mr Peter Khalil MP, via Lachlan Hinds
0455 999 677
lachlan.t.hinds@aph.gov.au

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2360
pjcis@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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