The Office of National Assessments (ONA) is a small, independent government agency with three main functions. We
- advise the Prime Minister and other senior ministers in the National Security Committee of Cabinet on international political, strategic and economic developments;
- coordinate Australia's foreign intelligence effort and resourcing; and
- in the Open Source Centre, collect, translate and analyse publicly available information for its intelligence value.
ONA therefore divides very roughly into four working areas: the analytical branches, the Open Source Centre, the coordination and liaison area (EFIC branch), and the corporate branch, which supports the work of our three 'function' areas.
ONA's greatest asset is its people, and we work hard to ensure that we recruit, train, develop and manage our workforce of approximately 140 as effectively as possible.