Secret work. Clear values.

At ASIS, we value diversity, embrace change and encourage new and innovative ideas. We have a strong sense of national pride and loyalty to the Service and to each other. 

Our values.

ASIS has a distinctive culture and we embrace the Australian Public Service (APS) Values, together with a number of ASIS-specific values. Our core values are: 
Hands

Our strength is our people; united in purpose 

  • We are passionate, adaptable and resilient. 
  • We care about our people and empower them. 
  • We value diversity in our people, their ideas, experience and skills. 
  • We are one team, achieving our best when we work together. 
  • We recognise that every officer contributes to our success. 
  • We serve the Australian Government and the Australian people. 
Scales

Considered in our actions; undaunted by new horizons 

  • We think boldly, take calculated risks, plan and act decisively. 
  • We are agile in the face of change. 
  • We learn from experience and celebrate our successes. 
  • We are innovative and tenacious, yet rigorous, in approach. 
  • We are forward thinkers, optimistic about the future. 
  • We embrace technology and rise to new challenges. 
Compass

Respect is our foundation; integrity our compass 

  • We show respect for one another in our words and actions. 
  • We engender trust in colleagues, customers and those we work with. 
  • We serve with honesty, loyalty and pride. 
  • We show personal and moral courage. 
  • We demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour and accountability, abiding by Australian law. 
  • We live our values and lead by example. 

A Diverse Service

In 2017 ASIS launched its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This strategy outlines ASIS's overarching commitment to a rich cultural agenda as an organisation, creating the best possible working environment for current and future staff. Diversity in ASIS acknowledges and values the differences that individuals bring to the organisation, from (but not limited to) gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, education, work and life experience, socio-economic background, family status or situation. It harnesses the different perspectives and experiences they bring to increase diversity in thinking and decision-making. 
 
The strategy's five areas of focus are: 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • People with disability 
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background 
  • Gender equality 
  • LGBTIQ+ persons. 
Diversity and inclusion are the responsibility of every staff member in ASIS. There are a number of Diversity Networks and Working Groups available within ASIS to help support and guide staff. Additionally, Diversity Champions at the senior level promote and lead ASIS's efforts toward achieving meaningful, enduring cultural change and creating an inclusive workplace for everyone.