In January 2024 the INSLM commenced a review of the secrecy offences in Part 5.6 of the Criminal Code 1995 (‘Criminal Code’). Secrecy offences have a role to play in protecting national security but it is important that offences are necessary and proportionate, that they are operating effectively and contain appropriate safeguards. Excessively wide or uncertain secrecy laws can undermine trust in government and unreasonably impact the important role of a free press and civil society groups in a liberal democracy. This review will consider these and related issues. See the secrecy review page for more information.
The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.