AGO provides flexible and family-friendly working conditions, attractive leave entitlements, access to professional education and training, and a supportive work environment. AGO offers unique opportunities for talented people to develop and expand their skills, while working in an exciting and challenging environment. AGO recognises and values the diversity of their people, their skills, backgrounds and personal attributes.

Selection Process

AGO uses a merit-based selection process for recruitment and promotion, in accordance with Australian Public Service (APS) principles.


You must be Australian citizen with at least a 10 year checkable background. You will be employed as a member of the APS on probation and must complete extensive security vetting procedures and a psychological assessment prior to commencement.

Your Application

You must address the selection criteria in the information pack. The selection criteria are the primary basis on which a selection panel will short-list applicants for further consideration. The Australian Public Service Commission and APS Careers @ Defence provide advice on applying for public service jobs. For further advice on how to address selection criteria, please refer to the Australian Public Service Commission: Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service, Fact Sheet 5 – Addressing Selection Criteria.

Security Assessment

A comprehensive security assessment is a prerequisite for all AGO employees. Security assessments measure your personal integrity and suitability to work in a high security area. Security assessments comprise a background check, a psychological assessment, a questionnaire and an interview. Security assessments take 6–12 months from when you return your completed questionnaire and authorisations.

Psychological Assessment

To work in some areas of Defence, it is necessary to complete a confidential psychological assessment. This assessment is a mandatory requirement for work in Defence intelligence agencies, as well as other areas of Defence that handle or have access to sensitive information. This requirement applies to all categories of employees including APS personnel, ADF members and contractors. Psychological assessments are conducted to determine suitability to work in a high security environment and to hold a Top Secret - Positive Vetting (TS-PV) security clearance. Learn more about psychological assessment (590K PDF).

Standard APS Requirements

Fit and Proper Person

To be appointed to the APS, you must show that you are a fit and proper person. The ‘fit and proper person’ assessment involves checking, where appropriate, police records, employment history and employee referees.

Engagement of Redundancy Benefit Recipients

Clauses 4.4 and 4.4A of the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 1999 set out certain restrictions on the employment of persons who have received redundancy benefits from an APS agency or from the Australian Parliamentary Service. Please refer to Australian Public Service Commission: Engagement of People Who Have Received a Redundancy Benefit for further information.