Inquiry into allegations of inappropriate vetting practices by the Defence Security Authority and related matters

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has been requested by the Prime Minister to conduct an inquiry into allegations of inappropriate vetting practices by the Defence Security Authority and related matters.

An inquiry of this kind is provided for under section 9(3) of the IGIS Act. This provision of the IGIS Act enables the IGIS, at the request of the Prime Minister, to inquire into an intelligence or security matter relating to a Commonwealth agency.

Section 17(1) of the IGIS Act requires the inquiries be conducted in private. As a result the Inspector-General will not be making any comment during the inquiry.

Should you have any information relevant to this inquiry, please phone or email my office on (02) 6271 6007 or DSAInquiry@igis.gov.au and my staff will guide you on the best way to present your information.

Vivienne Thom
Inspector-General
1 June 2011