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Reforming Australia's Electronic Surveillance Laws

Reforming Australia's electronic surveillance laws

Speakers Fergus Hanson, Michael Pezzullo, Katherine Jones, Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney, Rachael Falk and Tom Daemen

Australia’s national security laws are undergoing one of the most significant reforms in over four decades.

The recent Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community concluded that the existing electronic surveillance legislative framework is no longer fit-for-purpose. Frequent amendments have struggled to keep pace with the rapid evolution of communications and technology and the evolving criminal and national security threats. As part of the response, the Australian Government committed to repeal and replace existing laws that govern electronic surveillance with one consolidated Act.

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre is delighted to invite you to this online panel discussion as part of the public consultation process for the reforms. The panel will discuss the proposed changes; the impacts on policing and intelligence agencies' powers, and civil liberties (privacy in particular); and implications for industry.

Panellists include:

  • Michael Pezzullo AO, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs
  • Ian McCartney APM, Deputy Commissioner Investigations, Australian Federal Police
  • Katherine Jones PSM, Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Rachael Falk, Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre
  • Tom Daemen, Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Australia

This online discussion will be moderated by Fergus Hanson, Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre.

Click here to register for the webinar.


Fergus Hanson

Fergus Hanson is the Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre.

Michael Pezzullo

Michael Pezzullo AO was appointed Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs on 20 December 2017.

Katherine Jones

Katherine Jones PSM is Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney

Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney is the Deputy Commissioner for the Australian Federal Police.

Rachael Falk

Rachael Falk is one of Australia’s leading cyber security experts.

Tom Daemen

Tom Daemen is a Director in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group.