AGO Careers

Can you see yourself working in a fascinating and dynamic global environment?

Do you visualise things that most people cannot?

Can you contribute insights and innovative solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced environment?

As the lead geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) agency for the Australian Government, AGO operates in a unique, challenging and dynamic environment.

Our people make a vital contribution to protect the lives and safety of Australians at home and overseas by providing GEOINT to decision-makers at all levels.

AGO is seeking insightful, capable, adaptable and globally-focussed people to join our team. We recruit analysts, technologists and generalists.

If you want to work with smart and motivated people, consider a job with AGO – and make your contribution to our strategic intelligence vision for today and tomorrow.

Your contribution will support the Australian Defence Force, contribute to Australian Government strategic policy decisions and help secure Australia and its interests.

For current AGO vacancies, go to APS


You must be an Australian citizen with a checkable background and be willing to undertake an extensive security and background checking process to apply for work with AGO.

APS selection and recruitment process

AGO recruitment is merit-based, in accordance with Australian Public Service (APS) principles. To be appointed to the APS, you must be deemed a ‘fit and proper person’. This assessment involves checking, where appropriate, police records, employment history and referees.

Your application

You must address the selection criteria in your application. This information is the primary basis upon which a selection panel will short-list applicants for further consideration. The APS Commission and APS Careers @ Defence provide advice on applying for public service jobs. Refer to Cracking the Code.

Security and psychological assessments

A security assessment, comprising a background check covering the past 10 years or from your 16th birthday (whichever is greater), a psychological assessment and an interview is a prerequisite for all AGO employees. Security assessments measure your personal integrity and suitability to work in a high security environment and hold a Positive Vetting security clearance. The assessment typically takes 6–12 months from receipt of your documents. A psychological assessment (PDF) is a mandatory requirement for work in Defence intelligence agencies.

Engagement of redundancy benefit recipients

If you have been made redundant in the APS and are now seeking re-employment, please refer to APSC: Engagement of people who have received a redundancy benefit for further information.