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  • Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. - George Santayana
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Intelligence Analyst

As an Intelligence Analyst, the expertise you bring to the job and continue to develop through your daily work and continuous training will make you part of a process that reaches right to the top of national Defence decisions.

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With a science/law background and a CV that has roamed from research to industrial manufacturing and IT governance, I could not have imagined finding a role where all of my skills and prior experience would be of use – until I found my current position within DIO.

As an analyst, no two days are the same. You may be briefing senior decision-makers one morning, and attending a policy meeting after lunch. Tomorrow you may be drafting an assessment of the latest developments in your field of expertise or asking questions of some of the best and brightest minds in the country. You will meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life, and be working in a supportive environment that fosters excellence in all aspects of your working life.

Working for DIO is not for the faint-hearted – occasionally you will be going home late, or exhausted, or to pack your bags for some far-flung destination – but nothing beats that feeling you get when you walk out the door at the end of the day knowing that you gave it your all and really made a difference to something important.

So if you’re looking for a change, and a challenge, and are interested in finding out what you are truly capable of, then consider a career with DIO. You may even surprise yourself. I did!



I have had more opportunities at DIO than I’ve had in any other job. I have worked as an analyst on high-profile desks, I’ve deployed twice to overseas operations and now I work as an editor.

As an analyst, I put my university research skills to good use, becoming a subject‑matter expert. I learnt to analyse tactical information and turn it into strategic‑level assessments, clear to military and civilian audiences alike.

On deployment, I put my analytical skills to good use in a fast-paced, demanding, coalition headquarters. I briefed commanding generals and, as the senior liaison officer, developed and maintained stakeholder relationships. Although deploying to war zones is not easy, I look on both deployments with fondness and have made long‑lasting friends from around the world.

As an editor, no day is ever the same. I ensure the work that analysts write meets DIO’s high standards and mandate, and is unambiguous and easy to read. Instead of being a subject‑matter expert on one thing, I now get to read and edit what many subject-matter experts write!



Throughout my intelligence career, DIO has provided a range of professional development opportunities.

As a military officer in the Australia Army, I was employed as a military capabilities analyst within DIO, developing subject matter expertise on regional military forces. Later, I was able to use this regional expertise while serving with an international agency.

On returning to DIO as a civilian employee, I have enjoyed broader employment as a senior analyst responsible for longer-term assessments supporting Australia's defence capability planning and, more recently, as a production coordinator responsible for the analytic review and quality of DIO intelligence assessments.

I enjoy working at DIO for the variety of work it offers and for professional growth, as well as the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to Australia's national security.


Because our role is to analyse a diverse set of countries, issues and cultures, we employ people from a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines – anything that has prepared you to think analytically and creatively.

If you are to keep up with the cutting-edge of fast-paced global change, you also need to be excellent at problem-solving, communicating and teamwork. Just as important are the personal qualities of integrity and objectivity because, at the end of the day, it's your judgement that we rely on.

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