The head of one of Australia's secretive intelligence agencies has struck out at critics of Australia's freshly minted encryption laws, saying those claiming the new regime is dangerous are "hyperbolic, inaccurate and influenced by self-interest".

In a rare, public statement, Mike Burgess has struck out at seven "myths", asserting it was important to correct the record and assure Australians on how the laws would work in practice.

Mr Burgess, the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate, said the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, or TOLA Act, which Parliament approved last week, was "highly targeted" and directed at terrorists, paedophiles and criminals, not law-abiding Australians.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)