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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’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 also have several large-scale Defence projects that must be delivered over the next few years. In 2016, the Australian Government announced funding for space-related capabilities in the 2016 Defence White Paper. AGO is the lead agency for the DEF799 project to build the ground infrastructure to provide Australia with direct and timely access to commercial imaging satellites, and deliver Defence’s geospatial intelligence space-based capabilities over the next 30 years.

In order for AGO to deliver valued scientific and technical advice and building on these future capabilities, there is a need for a highly skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce now and into the future.

A day in the life of an AGO intelligence officer

AGO work on a variety of interesting and stimulating team-based activities including:

  • Working on short and long term intelligence tasks within professional, dedicated and enthusiastic teams.
  • Researching and answering high-level intelligence questions and providing geospatial intelligence to Australian Government customers and others.
  • Supporting the Australian Defence Force as an integral partner in its programs and operations.
  • Liaising and working in collaboration with other Defence Intelligence agencies, as well as broader National Intelligence agencies, to fulfil the Australian Government’s intelligence needs.
  • Undertaking continuous tradecraft training and professional development to enhance skills and expertise.
  • Representing AGO at a variety of conferences and events in Australia and internationally.
  • Undertaking further tertiary study aligned with the work of the organisation.
  • Representing AGO on overseas posting.

If you are interested in finding out more about AGO, please visit their website at

Next steps

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree disciplines. The following degrees are highly desirable: Sciences (Spatial, Computer, Data, Earth and Environmental), Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Arts (International Relations, Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism).
  • Salary: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 4: $76,215 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: AGO only: February, March 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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