KEY FINDINGS OF THE RICHARDSON REPORT
* Principles underpinning Australia's intelligence and security legislation are sound and enduring
* Some security laws are unnecessarily complex and have been outpaced by technology change, such as smart phones and encryption
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT PLAN TO DO?
* Update laws governing electronic surveillance
* Laws will include safeguards, independent oversight and transparency and accountability mechanisms
* Repeal and rewrite of nearly 1000 pages of laws
* Develop new framework for ASIO's offshore activities in order to strengthen ministerial accountability
* Streamline emergency warrants
* Independent panel will provide technical expertise and assistance to the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security
WHO ARE AUSTRALIA'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES?
* The Australian Intelligence Community comprises the Office of National Assessments, the Australian Signals Directorate, the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Defence Intelligence Organisation
* As well, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the intelligence functions of the Australian Federal Police, AUSTRAC and the Department of Home Affairs collaborate
WHAT IS THE THREAT SITUATION?
* Between 2000 and 2010, agencies contributed to counter-terrorism investigations that resulted in 28 people being charged, and 22 convicted, and more than 50 Australians being denied travel abroad to train for, support, or participate in terrorist activities
* Since September 2014, there have been seven terrorist attacks in Australia, with ASIO and law enforcement disrupting a further 16 plots
* The number of people convicted of terrorism offences has increased to more than 90.
Australian Associated Press