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Monday, 22 March 2004
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Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 10 February 2004:

(1) Will (a) the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, (b) the Australian Customs Service, and (c) the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre provide staff to the National Threat Assessment Centre (NTAC); if not, why not?

(2) Which other agencies will provide staff to the NTAC?

(3) To which agency or agencies will the $51.4m allocated to the NTAC be provided?

(4) Will the running costs of the NTAC be shared by other agencies; if so, which agencies and what sum will be apportioned to each agency?


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Under current arrangements, the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA), the Australian Customs Service, and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) will not provide staff to the NTAC.

Staff seconded to the NTAC from other agencies will function as fully integrated NTAC analysts and as such, will be directly responsible for the preparation of threat assessments. While the NTAC will maintain liaison relationships with DIMIA, the Australian Customs Service and AUSTRAC, these agencies will not be represented in the NTAC because their capacity to contribute directly to the preparation of threat assessments is limited.

The NTAC will keep under review its information and other requirements from relevant government agencies, including the possibility of seeking further seconded staff.

(2) Staff will be seconded to the NTAC from the following agencies:

- Australian Federal Police

- Australian Secret Intelligence Service

- Defence Intelligence Organisation

- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

- Department of Transport and Regional Services, and

- Office of National Assessments.

(3) The funding will be allocated over five years to the following contributing agencies:

Attorney-General's Department

$1.5m

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

43.1m

Australian Secret Intelligence Service

$2.2m

Defence Intelligence Organisation

$2.1m

Department of Transport and Regional Services

$2.0m

Defence Signals Directorate

$0.5m

(4) Running costs for the NTAC will be met entirely by the funding allocated to ASIO.