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Intelligence Professionals

Applications to participate in the 2020 Intelligence Officer and Analyst Development Program will open in February 2019 for a two month period.

The recruitment process will commence in late March/early April. Please ensure you’re available during this time and to advise Recruitment of any significant periods of unavailability for the six months following (e.g. overseas holidays). If you are deemed unsuitable throughout any stage of the process you will receive a letter via post advising of this outcome. Please note, no feedback will be provided at any stage.

We appreciate your patience throughout the recruitment process.

What is the Intelligence Development Program (IDP)?

As an Intelligence Professional trainee, you will undertake 12 months of training which will consist of class and work-based (practical) training. Theoretical and Organisational training will be based in Canberra and will make-up the first nine months of this extensive program. The final three months will be spent in a structured workplace program, either in Canberra or a state office. During this period, you’ll see first-hand what it’s like to work as an Intelligence Professional and enjoy on-the-job development alongside ASIO colleagues.

During the IDP, Intelligence Professionals will earn between $82,281* and $88,333 plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program you will be promoted, and the salary range will increase to between $90,945 and $102,480 plus 15.4% superannuation.

Within the IDP we have two opportunities for you to consider...

Intelligence Officer

Intelligence Officers have a breadth of career opportunities within ASIO with postings in both analytical and human intelligence collection roles.

To be a successful Intelligence Officer you need to:

  • Enjoy a varied role;
  • Have the ability to make good decisions on your feet; and
  • Feel comfortable engaging with people from all walks of life, cultures and demographics.

If this is the role for you you must have completed a minimum three years bachelor’s degree, be willing to be mobile (potentially moving to an Australian Capital city every three to five years), have a current C class drivers licence and be flexible and willing to regularly travel and accept a variety of positions throughout your career.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence Analysts will be posted to a broad range of analytical roles within ASIO throughout their careers.

To be a successful Intelligence Analyst you need to:

  • Enjoy working in teams to solve complex problems;
  • Have excellent judgement to count in the protection of Australia’s security; and
  • Have the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and in a timely and audience-appropriate manner.

If this is the role for you you must have completed a minimum three years bachelor’s degree before commencement and be willing to relocate to Canberra for training and ongoing employment.


To be considered for these roles 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 a minimum three-year bachelor’s degree before the commencement of the IDP; and
  • Be willing to relocate to Canberra for the training period (some assistance is provided).

Australia’s protection begins with our Intelligence Professionals!

ASIO is seeking talented Australians to help collect information, connect the dots and play a crucial role in providing advice to 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. The following link provides further information on why ASIO is the workplace of choice.

ASIO Security Clearance

Everyone who works in ASIO is required to hold the highest level of security clearance in Australia. To be eligible, you need to be an Australian Citizen.

Learn more about security clearances within ASIO

*Salary figures are based on 1 July 2018 salary schedule.