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David Irvine, Director-General, ASIO, 7 June 2011


David Irvine addressed a private boardroom event for 20 senior business executives where he discussed “ASIO’s role as Australia’s national security agency”. This CEO Boardroom lunch was proudly sponsored by UGL. Click on the heading to read more.

ASIO’s role as Australia’s national security agency is to obtain, correlate and evaluate intelligence relevant to national security – a concept defined in the ASIO Act to include the protection of Australia and its people from espionage, politically motivated violence, promotion of communal violence, and several other threats – and to advise the government in respect of this.

David Irvine Mr Irvine was appointed Director-General in 2009. David is a career diplomat who joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1970 with postings including Rome, Jakarta, Beijing and Port Moresby. David was previously High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1996-1999); Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2000-2003) and Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (2003- 2009).

During the five years prior to his appointment in Papua New Guinea, David held several senior management and policy positions in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, including management of Australia’s relations with the major markets of South, North and East Asia, as well as Indochina.

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