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Appointment of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Media Release

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, today announced the substantive appointment of the Hon Dr Christopher Jessup QC as the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security.

Dr Jessup has been acting as the Inspector-General since 18 January 2021 while arrangements for his permanent appointment were made.

The Inspector-General assists Ministers to oversee and review the activities of Australia's intelligence agencies to ensure they act legally and with propriety, comply with ministerial guidelines and directions, and respect human rights.

Dr Jessup holds qualifications in economics, law and applied science. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987 and has over 30 years of experience at the bar.

"I congratulate Dr Jessup on his appointment as Inspector-General. I am confident that Dr Jessup will execute this office with the diligence and integrity he was known for as a judge of the Federal Court," the Attorney-General said.

Dr Jessup's five year appointment commences on 8 February 2021.

For more information about the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, visit the IGIS website.