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

Selection Process

As a rough guide, the selection process for Specialist Officers generally takes around seven months from the date of application to the offer of employment and covers a range of different selection phases.

The selection process may include some, or all, of the following:

  • written application;
  • written test;
  • interview;
  • referee checks;
  • psychological testing;
  • participation in an Assessment Centre;
  • security assessment; and
  • medical assessment, including testing for prohibited substances.

Following this lengthy selection process, as a successful applicant you will undertake extensive and demanding training in a residential environment. After passing the training course, you will have the opportunity to work overseas as an Specialist Officer.

The application process requires the completion of an online form. Please ensure you follow the instructions provided for this detailed process to ensure the security and integrity of your personal information and application with ASIS.

There are several stages to the online application process during which you will be asked to provide a range of information typically found in your standard curriculum vitae or resume. Before beginning your application, we recommend you print a preview of the Application Form so you can gather any missing pieces of information.

Where appropriate, the responses you provide should demonstrate your competency against the Selection Criteria in a succinct and relevant way.

Once you have submitted your completed online application form, you will receive an on-screen confirmation that your application has been successfully received by ASIS. Beyond this, you will only be contacted again if you progress to the next stage of the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: ASIS does not provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

By submitting an application, you will be acknowledging that you have read the ASIS Privacy Notice and Privacy Rules contained on this website, and agree to be bound by their operation.

All applications for employment with ASIS are handled in the strictest confidence. It is essential that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality and that you not discuss your application with anyone, as this could impact on your career with ASIS. If your application is successful, there will be future opportunity to discuss the process of making a person aware of your employment with ASIS.

Do not include any data in your application which is classified higher than the Commonwealth classification of 'IN-CONFIDENCE'.

If you wish to include data in your application which is classified higher than 'IN-CONFIDENCE', please indicate in the 'Additional Comments' section of the application form that you have further classified information, which you feel is relevant to the success of your application for employment. If ASIS determines it necessary to discuss this classified information with you, this will be done via secure means at a later stage.

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