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

A Message from the Director

We make a difference.

DIO is a strategic-level, foreign-focussed, all-source agency that makes a difference. What does that mean? We produce critical intelligence assessments that support Australian Defence Organisation policy, planning and decision-making. Our assessments support Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations to give them the information edge. Our analysts are there on the ground with ADF forces in the Middle East, South-East Asia and the Pacific working as liaison officers and embedded analysts while building and solidifying relationships with our Allies.

DIO offers an intellectually-stimulating work environment and our staff strive for excellence. We apply our diverse civilian and military backgrounds to analyse complex information and find patterns in chaos. We venture from our desks to understand the world we analyse. At DIO, we delve deep into the world of countries and foreign-state actors and get to understand their interests, posture, policies, intent and capabilities. We identify and respond to new and emerging threats such as cyber intrusions. We also provide specialist advice to the Australian Government on national security issues ranging from foreign weapons capabilities to counter-proliferation to counter-terrorism.

I am dedicated to leading our staff to support the Defence mission, 'to defend Australia and its interests'. We believe it is important to develop the next generation of analysts and leaders.

I am proud to be part of an organisation that makes a difference. I encourage you to explore our web site to learn more about DIO. It has details of our proud history, our role in the Australian Defence Organisation and intelligence community, and opportunities for employment.