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Intelligence - Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

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Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation's (AGO) intelligence officers undertake a variety of roles. These include undertaking detailed analytical intelligence work with sophisticated tools using a range of data sources. AGO’s role as the Australian Government’s leading geospatial intelligence agency requires people with excellent analytical, research and communication skills who are comfortable with the technologies they use and can communicate their results effectively to customers.


  • Inform decision-making at the highest levels of Government;
  • Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia;
  • Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF;
  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia.
  • A familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet with Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment;
  • Senior Officer Briefs where you will meet Defence’s senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss Defence’s strategic objectives, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work;
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program; and
  • An ongoing position at the completion of the Defence Graduate Program


AGO’s intelligence officers research, analyse and report on a country or region or a specific thematic international issue to meet the requirements of customers ranging from government leaders to tactical users.

AGO’s intelligence officers also work on a distinctive technical focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, they place great importance on maintaining and developing their capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. Their intelligence officers liaise closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies.

AGO also have several large-scale Defence projects that must be delivered over the next few years as part of continual capability development programs and the introduction of new technology.

AGO’s intelligence officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including geographic information systems (GIS), information technology (IT), scripting and applications development, web services, design and functionality, database management and analysis and remote sensing in several disciplines, including radar, spectral and infrared. Their intelligence officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high-end technical support to analysts.

AGO’s graduates undertake training throughout the 12 month graduate program through internal and vendor-based training courses.

Next steps

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree disciplines. The following degrees are highly desirable: Spatial Sciences, Arts (International Relations and Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism), Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, Data and Social Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Salary: APS 4; $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $73,256 + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: AGO only: February or June
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
"The work I do at AGO is truly unique and it is great to know that I am making a real difference!"


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