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ASIS functions

Our functions, as set out in the Intelligence Services Act 2001, are to:

  • collect foreign intelligence, not available by other means, which may impact on Australia's interests;
  • distribute that intelligence to the Government, including key policy departments and agencies;
  • undertake counter-intelligence activities which protect Australia's interests and initiatives; and,
  • engage other intelligence and security services overseas in Australia's national interests.

ASIS and the Government

The Australian Government expects us to be adaptable and to respond effectively to the growing number and diverse nature of threats facing Australia and its citizens. Our work can involve collecting intelligence relating to national defence, international relations and economic issues. We also contribute to Australia's coordinated national efforts against terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and trans-national issues such as people smuggling.

Mission & Values


Our mission is to protect and promote Australia's vital interests through the provision of unique foreign intelligence services as directed by Government.

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The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) was established on May 13 1952, as a collector of foreign intelligence, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Job Vacancies


All applications for employment with ASIS are handled in the strictest confidence. It is essential that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality.

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