Timely, concise and accurate intelligence
  • The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. - Thomas Berger
  • Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. - George Santayana
  • You have never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you. - Unknown
  • There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose. - Bern Williams
  • What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot
  • It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. - Rene Descartes

DIO History

In the post-World War II period, the Defence and national intelligence functions were shared between the Navy, Army and Air Force intelligence directorates and the Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB). The bureau was responsible for geographic, infrastructure and economic intelligence – mainly in Australia's region. In 1957 its responsibilities were expanded to include scientific and technical intelligence.

In 1970, the Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO) was formed from a merger of JIB with most of the foreign assessment elements of the three armed services. Following the first Hope Royal Commission and establishment of the Office of National Assessments in 1977, JIO was re-oriented to focus more closely on Defence interests. The second Hope Commission endorsed these arrangements in 1984.

In 1989 counter-terrorism was added to JIO's responsibilities. Following a review of Defence intelligence in 1989 by then MAJGEN John Baker, the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) was established in 1990 as Defence's sole strategic-level all-source intelligence assessment agency.