The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is the body responsible for oversight on Australia's six main intelligence agencies: the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service the Defence Signals Directorate, the Defence Intelligence Organisation, the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation and the Office of National Assessments.
History[edit | edit source]
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD was appointed in March 2002 under the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to replace the former Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO (which was established in 1988) and the Joint Select Committee on the Intelligence Services. On 2 December 2005, the Committee changed its name to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS). The PJCIS's purview was expanded by the Government to include DIO, DIGO and ONA following the recommendations of the independent Flood Inquiry in July 2004.
Function and structure[edit | edit source]
The PJCIS's main function is administrative and expenditure review and oversight of ASIO, ASIS and DSD. The Committee can also review matters relating to the three agencies referred to them by Parliamentary Resolution, or by a request from the Minister responsible for the agency in question. The Committee does not review intelligence gathering or operational procedures or priorities, nor does it conduct inquiries into individual complaints about the activities of ASIO, ASIS or DSD.
The Committee comprises eleven members: five from the Senate and six from the House of Representatives. Six members are from the Government (the Australian Labor Party) and four from the Opposition (the Liberal and National parties) and one is an independent.
Committee members (as at 7 May 2012)[edit | edit source]
- The Hon Anthony Byrne, MP (Chair) (ALP)
- The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP (Deputy Chair) (Liberal)
- Senator Mark Bishop (ALP)
- Senator the Hon George Brandis (Liberal)
- Senator the Hon John Faulkner (ALP)
- Senator the Hon David Johnston (Liberal)
- Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens (ALP)
- Mr Michael Danby, MP (ALP)
- Mr John Forrest, MP (National)
- The Hon Kevin Rudd, MP (ALP)
- Mr Andrew Wilkie, MP (Independent)
See also[edit | edit source]
Intelligence agencies[edit | edit source]
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
- Australian Secret Intelligence Service
- Defence Signals Directorate
- Defence Intelligence Organisation
- Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation
- Office of National Assessments