Intelligence Development Program - 2024 Intakes

The Organisation

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) protects Australia and Australians from threats to their security. In a complex, challenging and changing security environment, our success is built on the imagination and intelligence of our team. ASIO’s people are ordinary Australians but they do extraordinary things – they are our most important asset. To be successful in our mission, we need talented people who are highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient.

We seek to reflect the diversity of the community we protect. ASIO values diversity and believes that diverse perspectives drive innovation and growth. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome applications from all eligible candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, neurodiversity or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are encouraged to apply. We are secretive about what we do, not what we value. Find out more about diversity and inclusion at ASIO.

The Opportunity 

Are you a detail-oriented, critical thinker with excellent communication skills and good judgement? Do you have a natural curiosity and a drive to constantly seek out new information and insights? Are you seeking a diverse and rewarding career in intelligence, playing a crucial role providing advice to government on matters of national security?

As an Intelligence Professional, you'll play a critical role in delivering accurate, relevant, and timely intelligence that supports informed decision-making.

ASIO is seeking applications for the Intelligence Development Program (IDP) for the January 2024 and June 2024 intakes. This 12-month development program for intelligence professionals provides participants with comprehensive training in intelligence assessment, analysis and advice. Participants will develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required to undertake intelligence analysis roles in ASIO.

The IDP is also the entry point for those seeking to apply their analytical skills and tradecraft to operational contexts and a career as an Intelligence Officer.

As an Intelligence Analyst you will have the opportunity to develop a diverse career across a range of specialised analytical areas. You will identify and investigate patterns and anomalies, draw intelligence value from large volumes of information, solve complex problems and develop subject matter expertise to make intelligence assessments and produce high quality advice. ASIO Intelligence Analysts drive ASIO's investigations and deliver impactful threat advice and assessments that inform government, national security partners and industry.

Following a period of employment as an Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Officers receive additional training to apply and extend their analytical skills and tradecraft to work in operational roles in ASIO. Intelligence Officers often meet with members of different communities to mitigate security threats, while also building ongoing confidential relationships with people to collect information to assist us in achieving our mission. As an Intelligence Officer you will be trained in the skill of collecting and analysing complex information to produce well-considered security intelligence advice to government, and you will become adept at growing and enhancing relationships and partnerships to mitigate security threats.

If you enjoy working in a dynamic environment, possess curiosity and good judgement, are a critical thinker, are comfortable engaging with people from all walks of life, and you’re interested in a career in intelligence and national security, we encourage you to apply. 

What you will bring

You will be a highly resilient and adaptable individual with good judgement and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. You will bring with you a diverse range of skills, qualifications and life experience. 

Job specific qualities and capabilities for this program include: 

  • Exceptional judgement and the ability to provide impartial advice.
  • Ability to gather, research and analyse information to prepare written and oral briefings.
  • Critical thinking, complex problem solving and logical reasoning.
  • The ability to operate independently and in teams.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate personal and professional resilience and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate high level interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Build productive relationships across ASIO and with partners.
  • The motivation and aptitude to undertake a comprehensive 12-month development program. 

Essential skills and qualifications

There are no mandatory qualifications. We're looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds who can demonstrate one or both of the following:

  • Completion of a formal tertiary qualification from any discipline. 
  • In the absence of a tertiary qualification, evidence of your employment history that demonstrates work and life experience commensurate with a formal qualification. 

What we offer you

  • Significant training and development as part of a 12-month development program which includes extensive on-the-job, in-class and online training.
  • A competitive salary, including a 7.5 percent allowance for maintaining a Top-Secret security clearance at the highest level.
  • Employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent.
  • Flexible working arrangements on completion of the program to assist you to maintain your work-life balance (due to our unique working environment, work from home options are not available). Please note the development program offers less flexibility over the 12 months. 
  • Access to diverse and unique career pathways as an Intelligence Professional.
  • A variety of leave options, including four weeks annual leave to ensure your work-life balance.
  • Study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education.
  • Seven staff-led diversity and inclusion networks.


To be eligible for the role, you must: 

  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Top-Secret security clearance at the highest level.

Intelligence Officers must hold a current Australian driver’s licence (some roles may require a Class C licence) when commencing operational training. This is not a requirement to enter the Intelligence Development Program. 


Applicants must be willing to relocate to Canberra. Relocation assistance is provided to successful candidates where ASIO requires you to relocate. 

Closing date and time

Applications close Monday 20 March 2023 at 5.00pm AEDT. No extensions will be granted and late applications will not be accepted. 

Suitability assessments are valid for 24 months. Candidates found unsuitable during the assessment process will not be eligible to reapply for the IDP for a period of 24 months. If you have previously applied since April 2021, we encourage you to confirm your eligibility before reapplying. 

Employment conditions

Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.

Recruitment Selection Process – what to expect

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for the Intelligence Development Program. Please be advised that our selection process is rigorous and extensive. 

All employment decisions and selection processes at ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo various selection stages. The stages may include application assessment, eligibility checks, online testing, skills-based assessment and panel discussions.

ASIO is committed to equal opportunity for candidates to participate in all stages of the selection process, including reasonable adjustment to assessment methodologies to enable full participation. If you require reasonable adjustments during any stage of the recruitment process, please let us know.

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

We ask all applicants for their patience throughout the process. Once complete, we will notify unsuccessful candidates but will not provide feedback on any aspect of the selection process. 


If you require further information after reading the selection documentation, please contact ASIO Recruitment at [email protected] or phone 02 6257 4916.

More information

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:
    Defence, Government, Intelligence
  • Work rights:
    Australian Citizen
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  • Position Start Date

    Early - Mid 2024

  • Program Duration

    1 Year

  • Closing Date:20th Mar 2023, 1:59 pm


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