Intelligence and Policy Analysts collect and analyse information and data to produce intelligence and to develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • determining organisational and client intelligence requirements
  • organising, collecting, collating and analysing data, and developing intelligence information such as electronic surveillance
  • compiling and disseminating intelligence information using briefings, maps, charts, reports and other methods
  • ascertaining the accuracy of data collected and reliability of sources
  • conducting threat and risk assessments and developing responses
  • liaising and consulting with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
  • reviewing existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions
  • researching social, economic and industrial trends, and client expectations of programs and services provided
  • formulating and analysing policy options, preparing briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes, and advising on preferred options
  • assessing impacts, financial implications, interactions with other programs and political and administrative feasibility of policies

Job Titles

  • Intelligence Officer
  • Policy Analyst or Adviser
  • Intelligence Officer

    Collects and analyses information and data to produce intelligence for an organisation to support planning, operations and human resource functions.

    Specialisations: Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Defence Intelligence Analyst

  • Policy Analyst or Adviser

    Develops and analyses policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs.

    Specialisations: Foreign Policy Officer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,720 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    20,300
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    30.3%
  • Female Share

    69.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    73.3%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 20,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of Intelligence and Policy Analysts.
  • They mainly work in: Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,720 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200514900
200614300
200712600
200812400
200920700
201016800
201126100
201224900
201317100
201417700
201520300
202021100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsIntelligence and Policy AnalystsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings17201230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryIntelligence and Policy AnalystsAll Jobs Average
Full-time73.368.4
Part-time26.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.740.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety77.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.2
Education and Training4.5
Financial and Insurance Services3.0
Other Industries7.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIntelligence and Policy AnalystsAll Jobs Average
NSW20.531.8
VIC20.625.5
QLD12.819.8
SA6.66.8
WA6.211.2
TAS1.72.0
NT1.41.1
ACT30.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIntelligence and Policy AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-241.8-9.99.9
25-3429.5-23.423.4
35-4434.7-21.721.7
45-5423.2-21.121.1
55-597.0-8.78.7
60-643.0-5.95.9
65 and Over0.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryIntelligence and Policy AnalystsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males30.3Males53.6
Females69.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationIntelligence and Policy AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate46.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree38.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV7.1-18.918.9
Year 127.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Intelligence and Policy Analysts who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and can work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Mathematics

    96% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    80% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. English Language

    70% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    64% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Production and Processing

    62% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    95% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Analyzing Data or Information

    94% Important

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    93% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Thinking Creatively

    90% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

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