As part of our broader commitment to accountability and integrity, we are transparent about our activities where we can be. We publish a range of information about our work.

Our approach to transparency

As with all members of the National Intelligence Community, we have multiple layers of accountability, are committed to strong, independent oversight and are transparent about our activities where we can be. You can learn more about how we maintain accountability and integrity in our work.

Due to the nature of our work and the classification of document contents, we are not able to share publicly the same volume of corporate information as some other Australian Government agencies. Nevertheless, we endeavour to make as wide an array of our corporate reporting available for public release as possible.

Our commitment to transparency includes publication of our Portfolio Budget Statements, annual reporting to the Parliament by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and the appearance of the Director-General of National Intelligence at the Senate Finance and Administration Legislation Committee.

Transparency and reporting

Portfolio Budget Statements

Budget and resourcing information regarding the Office of National Intelligence is available in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio Budget Statements:

Contracts listings

The Office of National Intelligence, under the Senate Order on Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity Contracts Listing, is required to publish a listing twice a year identifying contracts entered into during the preceding calendar or financial year, valued at or above $100,000 (GST inclusive).

Our most recent listing can be found at AusTender and be accessed by the 'Senate Order' menu link.

Open access to historical records

The Office of National Intelligence is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Access to records is gained under the Archives Act 1983 and records are eligible for public release once they enter the open access period, subject to the exemption of any material of continuing sensitivity as prescribed by section 33 of the Archives Act. 

Requests to access Office of National Intelligence records can be made at the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and they can be located through the NAA website.

Child safety practices

In June 2019, the National Office for Child Safety introduced the Commonwealth Child Safety Framework which sets standards for creating and embedding child safe cultures and practices in non-corporate Commonwealth entities. 

Although working and engaging with children is not a core activity of the agency, the Office of National Intelligence is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and will ensure appropriate processes are embedded to create and maintain a child safe culture. 

To this end, we have developed and promulgated an Instruction for complying with the Framework and for acting ethically towards children in the workplace and/or when carrying out official duties.

Director-General Human Resource Instruction - Child Safety
Our Commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and compliance to the Framework.
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