The law entrusts the AIVD with five tasks:
- To investigate people and organisations reasonably suspected of representing a serious danger to the democratic legal order, to national security or to other important interests of the Dutch state.
- To screen candidates for so-called “positions involving confidentiality” (this task is provided for under separate legislation, the Security Screening Act or Wvo).
- To support the institutions responsible for maintaining the security of those sections of the national infrastructure, in both the public and the private sectors, which are vital to maintaining the fabric of Dutch society.
- To investigate other countries in respect of activities jointly designated by the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Defence.
- As part of the national Safety and Security System, to supply risk and threat analyses concerning property, services and individuals.