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Intelligence Professional

ASIO Intelligence Professionals collect and analyse information to provide advice to senior management and government on matters of national security.

This is an opportunity to take on a role with great purpose, at one of Australia’s most trusted and awarded workplaces. It’s perfect for well-rounded individuals with strong written and verbal communication skills who are looking for a challenge.

The Intelligence Professional stream includes two varied roles for you to consider.

Intelligence Analyst

As an Intelligence Analyst you will have the opportunity to develop a diverse career across a range of specialised analytical areas. You’ll identify and investigate patterns and anomalies, draw intelligence value from large datasets, solve complex problems and produce high quality advice for government. You’ll drive ASIO investigations, undertake research, make assessments and develop in-depth knowledge of specific issues. Intelligence Analysts will apply best-practice analytical skills together with subject area expertise to be able to make decisions on critical issues relevant to national security – often in high tempo environments.

Intelligence Analysts are also expected to use their well-developed communication and people skills to work collaboratively in teams and to provide high quality advice to, and form strong working relationships with, staff, domestic and foreign partners, clients and stakeholders. Intelligence Analysts will have the opportunity to work in a range of analyst roles which are primarily based within our Canberra headquarters.

Intelligence Officer

As an Intelligence Officer you will undertake the Intelligence Analyst role as described above, as well as the role of a Case Officer.

Case Officers are involved with the collection of human intelligence which includes meeting with members of the different communities to mitigate security threats, while building ongoing confidential relationships with people to assist ASIO in achieving our security intelligence mission. You need to be able to develop collaborative partnerships, have a well-developed analytical ability to assess disparate information to produce security intelligence and provide regular written and verbal briefings and advice to a range of stakeholders across government. You need to be willing to be mobile for this role (potentially moving to an Australian capital city every three to five years, with the location determined by organisational needs). Also you need to hold a current driver’s licence (must be C class, with a Provisional licence as a minimum).

Key Differences between Intelligence Officer and Intelligence Analyst roles

  Intelligence Officer Intelligence Analyst
Mobility requirement (potential to move to a different Australian capital city every 3-5 years)  
Possess Driver’s Licence  
Case Officer duties  
Intelligence Analyst duties


If you’d like to be considered for either role you must:

  • be an Australian citizen with a checkable background;
  • be assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance;
  • have completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree before January 2018;
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra (we’ll cover the removalist costs);
  • be located in Australia during the recruitment assessment process.

If you’ve applied for either role previously and were found unsuccessful, you must please wait for at least two years from the time of your unsuccessful application before applying again.


The training for Intelligence Professionals runs for twelve months and includes a mix of class work, practical training, mentorship and on-the-job development.

As an Intelligence Professional trainee, during the first nine months, you will undertake class and work-based training in Canberra. The final three months will be spent in a structured workplace program. Intelligence Analysts will remain in Canberra, while Intelligence Officers will either be ‘posted’ to an Australian capital city or remain in Canberra. During this period you’ll get to see first-hand what it’s like to work as both an Intelligence Officer and an Intelligence Analyst, and enjoy on-the-job development alongside ASIO colleagues.

Once the program is successfully completed, you’ll find yourself equipped with increased confidence and self-reliance in the workplace, ready to embrace the challenges and excitement of the Intelligence Professional role.

Salary and Superannuation

During the 12-month program, you will earn between $79,862 and $94,030 plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be promoted, and the salary range will be $88,268 to $99,459 plus 15.4% superannuation. After this, you will be eligible for an annual salary increase, subject to satisfactory performance on the job.

Application Process and Timing

Applications are currently closed for Intelligence Officer and Intelligence Analyst roles. The next application round will open in July/August 2017.