Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

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Coordinates: 35°18′01.72″S 149°09′05.53″E / 35.3004778°S 149.1515361°E / -35.3004778; 149.1515361

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is Australia's national security service, which is responsible for the protection of the country and its citizens from espionage, sabotage, acts of foreign interference, politically-motivated violence, attacks on the Australian defence system, and terrorism.[2][3]

ASIO is comparable to the United Kingdom Security Service (MI5). As with MI5 officers, ASIO officers have no police powers of arrest and are not armed.[4][5] ASIO operations requiring police powers are co-ordinated with the Australian Federal Police or with State and Territory police forces.[5]

ASIO Central Office is in Canberra, with a local office being located in each mainland state and territory capital.[6]


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