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The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is accountable to the Australian Government and the independent Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is responsible for overseeing ASD’s operations, including compliance with legislation. If you suspect wrongdoing, you can make a public interest disclosure to the Inspector-General.

As an independent statutory agency ASD has corporate reporting obligations, in particular through meeting the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

A specific function of ASD is to obtain signals intelligence about the capabilities, intentions or activities of people or organisations outside Australia for the purposes of meeting the requirements of the Australian Government.

This function is to be performed only in the interests of Australia’s national security, Australia’s foreign relations or Australia’s national economic well-being.