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  • reviewing existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions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

  • $1,720 Weekly Pay
  • 21,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 80.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.4 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 60.2% female Gender Share

The number of Intelligence and Policy Analysts fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 21,300 in 2017 to 24,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 21,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Intelligence and Policy Analysts work in many regions of Australia. Many work in The Australian Capital Territory.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (80.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200714000
200813600
200914000
201021200
201120200
201224000
201322500
201416700
201520600
201620600
201721300
202224600

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Safety77.1
Health Care and Social Assistance6.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.2
Other Industries9.5

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 2017, 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
NSW20.831.6
VIC20.926.2
QLD11.419.7
SA9.66.7
WA5.410.8
TAS0.92.0
NT1.61.1
ACT29.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.4-5.25.2
20-242.4-9.99.9
25-3432.3-23.623.6
35-4429.2-21.721.7
45-5423.7-20.820.8
55-597.8-8.88.8
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV7.1-18.918.9
Year 127.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

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

  • 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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-2031.00 - Operations Research Analysts.

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