Australian Intelligence Community

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Australian Intelligence Community

AIC Overview

The six agencies of AIC work to collect, analyse and disseminate information in accordance with Australia's interests and national security priorities. The increasing variety and complexity of threats to Australia's interests demands close collaboration between the AIC agencies and those more broadly concerned with national security. The establishment of the Australian Cyber Security Centre in 2014 is one example of this cooperation.

The Office of National Assessments (ONA) produces all-source intelligence assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments for the Prime Minister, other senior government members and department officials. ONA collects and analyses open source intelligence and is responsible for coordinating and evaluating Australia's foreign intelligence activities to ensure the AIC meets the foreign intelligence needs of government.

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIO) is an all-source military intelligence assessment agency. It produces intelligence assessments on the strategic policies and military capabilities of countries relevant to Australia's security.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is Australia's security service. It collects and assesses intelligence on security threats to Australians and Australian interests at home and overseas. ASIO provides security assessments and protective security advice to government.

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) collects foreign intelligence from human sources and undertakes counter-intelligence activities to protect Australia's interests. ASIS’s work relates to foreign intelligence in the interests of Australia's national security, foreign relations and national economic well-being.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) collects signals intelligence (sigint) and secures Australian systems against intrusion. ASD directly supports Australian Defence Force deployments, as well as counterterrorism, military and law-enforcement operations.

The Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO) collects and analyses geospatial and imagery intelligence in support of Australia’s defence and national interests. Geospatial intelligence (geoint) is derived from analysis of imagery and geospatial information about features and events, in space and time.


Australian Intelligence Community - Ministerial Oversight

AIC Ministerial Oversight