Intelligence Officer

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Intelligence officers conduct research and investigations, analyse information and prepare reports with their findings and recommendations. They require skills in planning, operations and personnel functions as well as cultural and political awareness and written communication. Typical tasks may include:

  • Managing the collection and analysis of data to produce intelligence for public and private sector organisations in their planning, operations and personnel functions
  • Speaking with a variety of people, including members of the public who are volunteering information, as well as approaching people to help with investigations
  • Using covert methods of obtaining information such as the recruitment and management of human sources, researching the internet and liaising with government departments
  • Providing verbal and written briefings concerning assessments and recommendations
  • Some roles require the use of covert methods of investigation requiring a warrant:
    • Interception of telecommunications
    • Use of listening devices
    • Use of tracking devices
    • Access of information in computers
    • Entry and search of premises
  • Public sector roles may involve:
    • The collection and distribution of intelligence about the capabilities, intentions or activities of people or organisations outside Australia
    • Liaison with foreign intelligence and security services in Australia and overseas

Intelligence officers are recruited from a variety of backgrounds and are usually provided with extensive and highly specific training by their employers. Disciplines which may be particularly favoured by include linguistics, languages, politics and policy.