Being a Surveillance Officer is both a profession and a lifestyle commitment. Surveillance Officers are highly competent specialists who adapt to their surroundings to covertly achieve their task, operating as part of a cohesive operational team within a high-tempo and challenging security environment, both on foot and with a range of supporting vehicles. Using specialist equipment designed to meet the challenges of the covert operating environment (including high-tech photographic, technical and IT systems). Surveillance Officers play a critical role in helping ASIO identify, investigate and provide advice on threats to security. 

ASIO is looking for a diverse range of individuals who can blend into a variety of operating environments that reflects the broad social and cultural diversity of the Australian population.

Surveillance Officers undertake shift work and operate for extended periods both indoors and outdoors. 

The Surveillance Officer Training Program is at the ASIO Employee Grade 4 for which the salary range is $78,024* to $83,721* plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the six month training program, candidates progress to the ASIO Employee Grade 5 with a salary range of $85,624* to $91,913* plus 15.4% superannuation.

Successful applicants undertaking physical surveillance duties will also be eligible for an additional allowance of 30% of their annual base salary (composite payment).

You will be expected to:  

  • Maintain operational security. You will not be able to discuss your everyday work with others.
  • Sustain vigilant observation during periods of heightened activity and during periods of extended inactivity.
  • Respond to operational tasking at very short notice, which may include the necessity to work extended periods and to travel interstate at short notice.
  • Be capable of spending extended periods (~ 8 hour shift) within a static vehicle, during both the peaks of summer and in winter.
  • Maintain your health and fitness to a standard that ensures you can operate ‘on foot’ (walking, running and standing) for extended periods, in various weather conditions. 

In addition to our eligibility requirements you must also:

  • Hold a current C Class driver’s licence (for at least three years) and be eligible to qualify for a driver’s licence in any state or territory of Australia.
  • Have normal colour perception that enables clear delineation between red and green and no issues with night blindness.
  • Meet fundamental physical and psychological capabilities in order to undertake the Surveillance Officer role safely and effectively. These include the ability to maintain high levels of attention, concentration and memory when under pressure, to effectively communicate verbally with a wide variety of persons, to walk without significant discomfort for several kilometres, drive a motor vehicle confidently and competently for extended periods of time in various traffic environments, and to sit without significant discomfort for extended periods of time in various environments, including public locations. 

Surveillance Officers are required to obtain a security clearance, which includes a criminal and traffic history checks.    

Relocation assistance may be provided to successful candidates if, upon completion of the Surveillance Officer Training Program, the Organisation requests that you relocate. Further information on relocation assistance will be provided to successful candidates.

* Annual salary as at 8 November 2021, inclusive of 7.5% service allowance.

Applications for Surveillance Officers will be open soon.