The head of ASIO says he is aware of an alleged plot by China to infiltrate parliament by recruiting a businessman to stand as a Liberal Party candidate.
ASIO says it was aware and "has been actively investigating" allegations that a Melbourne car dealer was cultivated by the Chinese government in a bid to infiltrate Australia's parliament.
Nine's 60 Minutes program aired the claims on Sunday, citing sources with knowledge of the plot, where Melbourne car dealer "Nick" Zhao, 32, was allegedly cultivated by Beijing to run as a Liberal Party candidate.
Mr Zhao allegedly told ASIO about the deal. He was then reportedly found dead in a Melbourne hotel room in March.
ASIO director-general Mike Burgess later confirmed in a statement the agency was aware of the claims but would not comment further.
"Australians can be reassured that ASIO was previously aware of matters that were reported today, and has been actively investigating them," he said.