Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Five year strategic plan unveiled for ASIO.

Download PDFDownload PDF



Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102

16 October 2005 191/2005


Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has outlined a five year strategic plan for ASIO to ensure it has the capability to keep pace with the threats of terrorism and foreign interference.

Under the plan, ASIO’s staffing levels will reach 1,860 by 2010-2011. Currently, it has 980 staff and under Budget commitments, will grow to 1,180 by the end of next year.

In response to the identified need for a more strategic approach to ASIO’s human and technical capability, the Government has adopted recommendations of an independent review of ASIO resourcing by Allan Taylor*.

“The threat to Australia from terrorism is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future while the threat of espionage and foreign interference in the lives of our citizens will continue,” Mr Ruddock said.

“The current security environment has imposed pressures on ASIO not imagined just a few years ago.”

The Government has significantly increased funding for ASIO since the September 11 attacks on the United States. But the recent attacks on London and in Bali have highlighted the threat and consequences of terrorism, including the possibility of domestically-produced attacks.

“If these tragic events teach us one thing, it is that we cannot resource ASIO to monitor just known sources of concern. It must have the capacity to uncover the unknown threats regardless of where they come from,” Mr Ruddock said.

Mr Ruddock said the additional resourcing would enhance intelligence collection and assessment capabilities as well as an increase surveillance capability.

Importantly, information technology systems would be upgraded to assist investigations and cope with the vast volume of intelligence now being developed and exchanged internationally.

“ASIO is responsible for providing advice to guide decisions on the protection of our people, places, critical infrastructure, special events and our interests overseas. They must be appropriately resourced,” Mr Ruddock said.

Media Contact: Charlie McKillop 0419 278 715

*Mr Allan Taylor AM retired as the Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in February 2003 after a five year term.