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Intelligence Analyst

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Also known as Intelligence Officer, Analyst, Technical Analyst and Scientific Analyst.

Intelligence analysts evaluate information from a variety of classified and unclassified sources. This information is often incomplete, contradictory and can vary widely in terms of reliability.

Depending on their background and qualifications, an intelligence analyst may examine a diverse set of countries, issues (such as terrorism) and cultures.

Intelligence analysts working for the Department of Defence specialise in a number of areas depending on their training, qualifications and agency employment.


    Intelligence analysts may perform the following tasks:

  • collect and analyse various sources of intelligence to determine trends and make assessments
  • prepare intelligence reports and briefs to inform senior government officials
  • translate foreign language material
  • communicate and cooperate closely with both military and civilian organisations


  • excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • ability to cope with the demands of working in a high pressure, classified environment
  • Australian citizenship

Interest Area

Clerical/Administrative Figures/Computational


Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) Intelligence Analyst - examines information derived from imagery collected by a range of sensors and platforms, including satellites and aircraft. Technical intelligence analysts use specialist skills to conduct detailed analysis of sensor information or the development of exploitation and portrayal tools and services.

Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Intelligence Analyst - undertakes sophisticated analysis producing vital intelligence and security information for the Australian Government, performing activities such as analysis of foreign signals, intelligence reporting, communications analysis, foreign language translation, or solving cryptological problems using advanced mathematical concepts.

Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) Intelligence Analyst - provides strategic intelligence assessments to senior members of government, including the Defence Minister, as well as government policy makers and senior Defence staff. This work covers critical issues including support to military operations, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, regional security, foreign military capabilities and weapons systems, cyber threats and defence- related technologies.


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To become an intelligence analyst you usually have to complete a degree in arts, science, commerce, information technology, engineering or a related field. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Most universities in Australia offer relevant degrees.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    Entry into graduate programs with the Department of Defence will require applicants to undergo security clearance. The level of clearance will depend on the graduate program. Visit their website for further information.


Graduate positions with the Department of Defence are based in Canberra, with limited positions also available in Bendigo. Recruitment is conducted Australia-wide with applications opening in February each year. Positions may also be available with other agencies, including the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

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