Joint media release

  • The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Leader of the Opposition

The Coalition welcomes the appointment of Ms Kerri Hartland as Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

With an eminent and distinguished career in the Australian Public Service and the private sector, Ms Hartland is well-placed to deliver the national security leadership that this role requires.

This is a critical appointment at a critical time.

As the international environment becomes more fractious and challenging, the work of ASIS remains pivotal to Australia’s defence and national security.

The provision of high-quality intelligence is critical for Australia and our interests, particularly when we face increasing threats from a range of state-based and non-state actors.

Ms Hartland brings important operational and strategic leadership experience to this role and we wish her well as she takes on this new appointment.

The Coalition also thanks and appreciates the fine work of Mr Paul Symon AM for his leadership of ASIS since 2017.