Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australia's overseas secret intelligence collection agency


Please note applications for the 2020 intake have closed. Applications for the 2021 intake will open in mid October.

Put your skills to work in a whole new way with ACTIVATE – ASIS's graduate program.

Offering a rare chance to work within the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ACTIVATE gives graduates on-the-job experience and training in one of the most unique, dynamic and fast-paced workplaces in Australia.

Over the course of the 12-month program, you'll learn how intelligence is gathered, reported and actioned. And unlike other graduate programs, you won't just be observing – you'll be using your skills to help support actual intelligence operations that advance Australia's national interest.



Whether you're studying law, mathematics, arts or accounting – ASIS is looking for ACTIVATE applicants with diverse skillsets from a range of academic backgrounds.

Should you be accepted into ACTIVATE you'll transition between three different roles, each introducing you to a different area of the ASIS organisation, and each a critical part of a close-knit team of intelligence professionals supporting operations.

After successfully completing the program, you'll then be offered a permanent placement in one of those three roles:

Reports Officer

Suitable for those with strong written and verbal communication skills, as an ASIS reports officer you'll work as part of a team to brief, capture and report the outcomes of intelligence operations.

Targeting Officer

Discovering valuable intelligence doesn't happen by accident. As an ASIS Targeting Officer, you'll use your knowledge of data, technology and research techniques to help identify and plan potential intelligence gathering opportunities.

Desk Officer

A desk job with a difference – as an ASIS Desk officer you'll provide support, analysis and operational assistance to those in the field.

A community of people

Joining the ASIS team means working in a close-knit environment full of like-minded and motivated individuals. During the course of the ACTIVATE program, you'll move between three distinct roles, giving you the chance to meet staff from across the organisation. We think you'll find them to be as talented, inquisitive and hard working as you.

Who can apply?

Your participation in the ACTIVATE Graduate Program will be based on the following:


To be eligible for the Program you must be an Australian citizen.

Security Assessment:

Applicants for the Program will be required to undergo security assessment to obtain a high level Security Clearance.


The Program is open to Undergraduate and Postgraduate university students in their final year of study in 2020 or students who have graduated in 2019 or 2018.

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