Outcome 6 Intelligence

Performance Information

Output 6.1 Intelligence
Defence Intelligence Organisation

Over 2007-08, the DIO supported three key priorities: the ADF's sustained high operational tempo; the Defence White Paper; and support to Headquarters Joint Operations Command, including its transition to Bungendore, NSW.

An organisational restructure during 2007-08 enabled the DIO to better focus its support to military operations. As a result, the DIO has strengthened its flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness under increasing pressures. DIO also contributed to outcomes by providing intelligence support to key Defence strategic planning documents and intelligence briefings to the Senior Command Group. DIO's assessment focused on:

The DIO also delivered on Government directives to identify and implement savings measures and streamlined its business practices while sustaining the efficiency of service delivery.

Defence Signals Directorate

In 2007-08, the DSD effectively supported military deployments by providing timely and accurate intelligence to inform decision making and give operational commanders the information edge. The DSD also contributed to outcomes in combating transnational crime, in collaboration with other Australian and allied agencies, especially in the areas of counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism, and supported a wide range of Government customers with high priority intelligence. Additionally, the DSD's information security expertise continued to be in high demand, reflecting an increased awareness across government of the need to protect networks and systems from electronic threats.

The DSD's contributions throughout 2007-08 were recognised by the Government through two new policy proposals that will significantly enhance the DSD's capabilities. Announced in the 2007-08 Budget, these measures include provisions to enhance Australia's signals intelligence capability. The first of these measures enables the DSD to deliver important new capabilities to meet the Government's intelligence requirements. The second budget measure, part of a cross-portfolio bid that addressed the outcomes of the E-Security National Agenda Review, enables the DSD to invest in new capabilities to assist government agencies to recognise vulnerabilities to communications and information systems and enhance protection measures.

Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation

The DIGO continued to support national and Defence priorities across a range of intelligence and non-intelligence activities during 2007-08.

An organisation restructure, following an external review, enabled a more top-down approach to managing analysis and production priorities in order to meet the requirements of the DIGO's diverse and growing customer set. Organisational change was supported by increased staff training on leadership, people management and internal governance. The DIGO also formalised its delegated responsibility as Defence's Coordinating Capability Manager - Geospatial Information.

In June 2008, the construction of the new geospatial analysis facility in Bendigo, Victoria, was completed. Installation of specialised information technology, and the relocation of staff, has commenced. Improved systems connectivity and security at the new facility will enable the DIGO to operate as a single integrated entity, ensuring improved service to Defence and government customers and a more efficient use of resources.

Performance Targets Performance
Provide quality intelligence reporting and assessments. Achieved. The DIO continued to provide high-level support to key Defence, ADF and Government decision makers, with tailored, timely and unique intelligence products and advice. The DSD produced quality intelligence reports to support ADF deployments and Australian Government policy makers. The DIGO provided accurate, timely intelligence to support ADF operations, the Government's understanding of the strategic environment, and national security authorities, including at the APEC leaders' meeting and other international forums hosted by Australia.
Provide effective and sustainable intelligence support for the planning and conduct of ADF operations and for decision makers. Achieved. The DIO provided a significant intelligence staff contribution to planning the ADF commitment to operations. The DSD's signals intelligence provided an operational edge to ADF operations and valuable insight for Australian Government decision makers. The DIGO maintained its strong focus on supporting ADF overseas deployments and its national customers by providing high-quality geospatial data and products.
Maintain and develop first-rate Defence intelligence and geospatial information capabilities. Achieved. The DIO delivered further improvements to information communications and technology systems. The DIGO's Geospatial Analysis Centre continued its international mapping programs under government-to-government memorandums of understanding. The cooperative programs to map East Timor and Solomon Islands were completed, while production for Vanuatu is almost complete. The DIGO also provided critical geospatial data for the effective operation of ADF platforms, and maintained quality geospatial standards within Defence.
Maintain the knowledge edge by exploiting new technology. Achieved. The DIO introduced further new capabilities to enhance its access to and management of information systems. The DSD's 2007-08 investment in people and infrastructure under Government funding initiatives focused effectively on exploiting next generation technologies and securing Australian Government information. The DIGO conducted experimental activities to develop and refine its exploitation of imagery and geospatial technologies, and continued its support to Defence projects for which its geospatial intelligence capabilities can be adapted to meet best practice.
Strengthen the intelligence contribution to other intelligence partners including providing new capabilities to access intelligence information from key allies and other Defence relationships. Achieved. The DIO enhanced cooperation with a range of other intelligence partners. The DSD worked closely with key allies, ensuring effective and efficient transfer of expertise and intelligence across the partnerships. The DIGO contributed specialised analytical support on Australia's region and area of direct military interest to international allies. The DIGO hosted a geospatial intelligence management and governance conference of its key international counterparts.
Improve investment and capability planning, accountability and resource and security management. Achieved. The DSD achieved benchmarked outcomes planned for 2007-08, ensuring corporate governance and resource management requirements were met. The DIGO improved the accessibility of its products to Defence customers by contributing to the completion of JP 2064 Phase 2.[1] Construction of the DIGO's new site in Bendigo, Victoria was completed, paving the way for more effective integration of the agency's imagery and geospatial functions.
Develop motivated, adaptable and skilled teams of highly competent professionals. Achieved. The DIO ensured its staff received the highest quality training and development to strengthen the skills of the organisation's workforce. The DSD renewed its analytical training program for new staff which reduced the training burden on experienced analysts. The DIGO increased its staff training on leadership, people management and internal governance to support organisational expansion.
Provide, in conjunction with the wider Australian Intelligence Community, support to whole-of-government initiatives to address transnational crimes. Achieved. The DIO sustained its close working relationships with counterpart agencies across the Australian Intelligence Community in support of whole-of-government initiatives. The DSD signals intelligence effectively supported operations against transnational crime. The DIGO enhanced its support to whole-of-government initiatives on transnational crimes, including through increased joint production with Australian Intelligence Community partners, and by participating at an international counter-proliferation conference.
Strengthen the Defence Languages Other than English capability. Achieved. The Intelligence, Security and International Policy Group made a significant investment in acquiring linguistic capabilities in non-traditional, rare languages to respond to the Government's intelligence priorities.
Exploit Defence and allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to enhance support to ADF operations. Achieved. The Intelligence, Security and International Policy Group continued to deliver improvements for accessing intelligence information from key allies, particularly by the ADF. Implementation of the Defence Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Roadmap[2] has commenced and early deliverables include direct access to situational awareness reporting from current operational areas. A joint study between Australia and the United States has commenced and will investigate new opportunities for enhanced cooperation in access and capabilities for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


  1. More information on JP 2064 Phase 2 is available at www.defence.gov.au/dmo/esd/jp2064/jp2064.cfm.
  2. More information the Defence Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Roadmap is available at www.defence.gov.au/publications/ISR_Roadmap_2007_2017.pdf.