Inquiry into the actions of Commonwealth agencies in respect of an Egyptian irregular maritime arrival

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has been requested by the Prime Minister to conduct an inquiry into the actions of Commonwealth agencies in respect of an Egyptian irregular maritime arrival who arrived in Australia in May 2012, was placed in immigration detention and was the subject of an Interpol red notice.  The Prime Minister has also asked that in conducting the inquiry the IGIS consider and make recommendations more generally on the management by Australian agencies of persons seeking asylum who present complex security issues.

An inquiry of this kind is provided for under section 9 of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 (the IGIS Act). This provision enables the IGIS, at the request of the Prime Minister, to inquire into an intelligence or security matter relating to any Commonwealth agency.

Section 17(1) of the IGIS Act requires that inquiries be conducted in private. As a result, the Inspector-General will not be making any public comment during the inquiry. The Inspector-General is committed to conducting this inquiry in as thorough and timely manner as possible.

Dr Vivienne Thom
Inspector-General
6 June 2013