ASIO records – accuracy of personal information

Unlike most government records, ASIO records are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

This means that the subjects of ASIO records can't ask for information about themselves to be changed, even if it is incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date.

However, there are actions you can take if you are concerned about the accuracy of an ASIO file.

If you believe the file is inaccurate

The subject of an ASIO file can provide the National Archives with a written statement identifying the information in the file they believe to be inaccurate.

The statement will be placed into the file. However, this does not constitute an endorsement by the National Archives of any information in the statement.

If the subject of the file has died, their spouse or child can provide a statement instead.

The statement:

  • should be as clear and simple as possible
  • should deal only with material in the ASIO file
  • must be signed and dated by its author.

Please send the statement to:

Director, Reference and Information Services
National Archives of Australia
PO Box 4924

If you have been adversely affected by the actions of ASIO

If you believe that actions taken by ASIO have affected you adversely, please contact the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

The Inspector-General will investigate and report on the matter if they consider it appropriate.

More information

Please contact us if you have any questions about personal information in ASIO records.