Minister lauds new chapter for ASD

Minister for Defence Marise Payne has welcomed the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) being recognised as a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio. 

“The establishment of ASD as a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio achieves a key recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review,” Minister Payne said. 

ASD’s uniquely skilled workforce has always been its greatest asset. As recognised in the review, recruiting and retaining staff has become increasingly difficult due to increased competition for talent across the private sector. As a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio, ASD will have more flexibility to attract, train, retain and develop its specialist workforce. 

“ASD has delivered strategic advantage to the Australian Defence Force and government for over 70 years,” Minister Payne said.

“Foreign signals intelligence, countering cyber espionage and defending against cyber threats remain critically important for ASD. At the same time, ASD’s focus will now expand to lead cyber security support and services to industry, government and the community. To achieve this, the Australian Cyber Security Centre now operates as part of ASD.”



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