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


To succeed as an Intelligence Officer, you will need to demonstrate:

  • superior interpersonal and liaison skills in order to build strong relationships with people;
  • personal presence and impact, with a proven ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • excellent written communication skills;
  • high levels of maturity and self-management skills, with excellent judgement and the ability to assess risks;
  • resilience and self-motivation, with a determination to achieve results in difficult and high-pressure environments; and
  • the highest levels of personal integrity and professionalism, which ASIS will continue to support through comprehensive training and development programs.

Candidates also require one, or a combination of, the following to be eligible to apply for the Intelligence Officer role:

  • Australian citizenship;
  • a current drivers licence;
  • a minimum three-year university degree;
  • currently undertaking tertiary studies and due to complete these studies within the next 12 months;
  • significant relevant work experience with/without tertiary or equivalent studies; and/or
  • overseas, in-country experience.

Some common misconceptions

  • You need to be single to be an Intelligence Officer - this is not true. ASIS supports family-friendly policies. For operational reasons, there are some short-term work opportunities overseas where it is not appropriate to be accompanied by your family. Generally, however, you will be supported if you wish to take your family and/or partner with you overseas.
  • Most Intelligence Officers are male - incorrect. ASIS recruitment policy is based on the qualities and personal attributes of the applicant. We do not select individuals based on their gender.
  • You must speak a foreign language - this is not correct. Although it is beneficial, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not speak a foreign language. Language training is provided for officers working in positions where language proficiency is necessary to achieve your work objectives.
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