Intelligence Officers collect and analyse information and data to produce intelligence for organisations to support planning, operations and human resource functions.

Specialisations: Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Defence Intelligence Analyst.

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Intelligence Officer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Determines organisational and client intelligence requirements.
  • Organises, collects, collates and analyses data, and develops intelligence information such as electronic surveillance.
  • Compiles and disseminates intelligence information using briefings, maps, charts, reports and other methods.
  • Ascertains the accuracy of data collected and reliability of sources.
  • Conducts threat and risk assessments and developing responses.

More about Intelligence and Policy Analysts

All Intelligence and Policy Analysts

  • $1,821 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Intelligence Officers

  • 2,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 50% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Intelligence Officers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,800 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Intelligence Officers work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Financial and Insurance Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety72.2
Financial and Insurance Services6.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.1
Education and Training3.0
Other Industries13.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIntelligence OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.631.6
VIC23.225.6
QLD15.720.0
SA7.07.0
WA8.410.8
TAS0.72.0
NT1.71.0
ACT18.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIntelligence OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-244.3-9.39.3
25-3432.1-22.922.9
35-4431.7-22.022.0
45-5419.5-21.621.6
55-596.9-9.09.0
60-643.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationIntelligence OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.3-21.121.1
Year 1210.2-18.118.1
Year 111.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Intelligence Officer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Psychometric or aptitude tests
  • security clearance

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    71% Skill level

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

  2. Geography

    70% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Law and Government

    69% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Clerical

    68% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    65% Skill level

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

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Spend Time Sitting

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    92% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts.

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