The National Intelligence Community (NIC) was officially formed after the Australian Government's adoption of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review's (IIR) recommendations.
These agencies and departments form the Australian Government's intelligence enterprise. They collect, analyse and disseminate intelligence information and advice. They do so in line with the nation’s interests and national security priorities.
The IIR noted that these tasks are growing more difficult, given the:
- increasing complexity of Australia's geostrategic environment
- rapid pace of technological change
- increasing security and intelligence challenges.
The establishment of the NIC would aim to address these challenges Its mandate is to integrate the intelligence functions of government and provide more opportunities for: