Information for ASIO candidates

Our recruitment process

Candidates will need to be available in Australia for each stage of the recruitment process. Once we receive your application we will be in contact regarding each stage of the process.

Time frames for the selection process can vary but generally takes 6-12 months from the date of application to the offer of employment. The process may include some, or all, of the following:

  • Written application
  • Written test
  • Psychological testing
  • Online assessment
  • Participation in an interview or assessment centre, and
  • Security assessment.

We contact both successful and unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the outcome of their employment application. However, we do not provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment. You will be required to exercise discretion regarding your employment throughout your career.

Online application

The recruitment process begins with your online application. We recommend you print a preview of the application form so you can gather any missing pieces of information.

Candidates must take note of their username and password as forgotten login details cannot be reset. If candidates cannot recall their user name and password they will lose all information previously entered into the system and will need to commence a new online application.

Candidates should allow sufficient time to complete their application. Applications will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity and all information that has not been saved will be lost.

To protect the personal information of candidates the online application system uses encryption. As a result, when information is entered into the online application form and saved it is no longer visible to the user and is impossible to edit. To avoid these difficulties we suggest that you draft your responses into Notepad (or similar) and then copy and paste (enter) into the application form.

Please note when using the copy and paste function you are also copying the background formatting that goes with the text. This can be problematic as it can make the text you paste into your online application difficult to read, and in some cases unreadable once your application is submitted.  You will avoid these issues by drafting your responses into Notepad first and then copy and paste into the application or type your responses directly into the fields.

Once you have submitted your completed online application form, you will receive an on-screen notification that your application has been successfully received by ASIO. You will not receive a confirmation email.

The site is optimised for Internet Explorer 6.0 (or a later browser), Safari, Firefox 3 (or a later browser) and Chrome. Note that earlier versions of the browsers are supported but use of these can affect response times.

Please note late applications cannot be accepted.

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