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

What We Do

Our core business, as described in our mandate, is to analyse foreign developments and produce intelligence assessments for the Australian Government and Defence. DIO’s main business areas are:

General Intelligence

Our Intelligence Analysts help Defence stay on top of threats by following foreign military, political, social and cultural developments that affect another country's ability to wage war or to threaten regional or international stability.

Scientific Intelligence

Our Scientific Intelligence Analysts use their unique expertise to assess and report on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear issues that may pose threats to Australia.

Technical Intelligence

Technical Intelligence Analysts use their unique technical expertise to analyse and report on weapon systems and defence technologies that may pose threats to Australian forces.

The Guidelines to Protect the Privacy of Australian Persons regulate the communication and retention of intelligence concerning Australian persons.