Intelligence officer

What they do

Intelligence officers collect a range of information that assists in maintaining Australia's national security, and investigate major crimes. They are responsible for counter-terrorism, counter-espionage, counter-proliferation, and the detection and prevention of serious organised crime in Australia. They collect information on the activities of a range of individuals and organisations that are of interest to the Australian government. This data informs the government's capacity to make decisions regarding Australia's security, foreign relations and economic wellbeing.

Working conditions

Intelligence officers either work for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in Australia, or for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) overseas. They work in offices, but also undertake information-gathering activities in a range of other circumstances. They may be involved in dangerous situations, and may come into contact with criminals or other dangerous individuals or groups. Intelligence officers working for ASIO must be prepared to relocate to Canberra, while those working for ASIS must be prepared to relocate overseas.

Tools and technologies

Intelligence officers use computers, and in particular word processing and data management software. They may also be required to operate audiovisual surveillance equipment.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an intelligence officer, you usually need to study a degree at university.

All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

You must also be an Australian citizen, undergo a security assessment to obtain a high level Security Clearance, and hold a current driver's license.

Entry into graduate programs with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, or the Department of Defence will require applicants to move out of state for training.

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