Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Joint Media Release – 2013 Defence White Paper: Renaming the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today announced that the Government has decided to rename the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation to reflect their critical roles in support of Australia’s national security.

An effective national security strategy requires effective partnerships across the National Security Community. 

Cooperation between Commonwealth Departments and Agencies will intensify over the next five years, as whole-of-government arrangements are put into place in areas such as cyber security, responses to national disasters and responses to national security events, including the G20 Summit and the Commonwealth Games.

The 2013 Defence White Paper recognises that Defence makes a significant contribution to Australia’s broader national security arrangements. In particular, it recognises the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) play critically important roles in the support of Australia’s national security.

As outlined in the 2013 Defence White Paper, the Government has decided to rename these agencies the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO), to more accurately reflect their national roles.

The renaming of the agencies will see no change to the current functions, powers or accountability responsibilities of the agencies under the Intelligence Services Act 2001.  Both agencies remain in the Department of Defence.

Externally, the compliance of ASD and AGO with legislation and ministerial directions will, as is the case now, be monitored by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

The Government will bring forward legislation to amend the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to reflect the renaming of the agencies.  The change will take effect on the enactment of the enabling legislation renaming the agencies.

CANBERRA
3 May 2013

PRESS OFFICE (02) 6277 7744
MINISTER SMITH’S OFFICE (02) 6277 7800


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