Intelligence Division recruitment

Our Intelligence Division supports the Department’s mission to protect Australia’s borders and manage the movement of people and goods across it by providing intelligence assessments on threats to Australia’s border. 

By maintaining a current and comprehensive intelligence picture on issues such as counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation and maritime people smuggling, serious and organised crime, and visa fraud, the Division delivers products and services that informs the work of the Department, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, whole-of-government and international partners.

Following the integration of the former Department of Immigration and Citizenship with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Department now has an expanded policy, service delivery and law enforcement role, which brings with it a unique opportunity to join an organisation that touches almost every part of Australian life.

The work we do supports the Australian Government to achieve:

  • strong national security
  • a strong economy
  • a prosperous and cohesive society.

Transforming our intelligence capability

Our Intelligence Division is in the midst of a transformation that is set to deliver an intelligence capability equal to the growing array of threats to Australia’s border. Intelligence professionals in the Division will form a hub of consolidated expertise, with some staff out-posted into business areas to provide direct support to operational decision-makers.

We are looking for applicants who will grow with us into the future. Strong leadership, shared values and culture, and a professional workforce are essential to our success.

Our Intelligence Division is looking to fill a number of different job roles across different branches. ​Within these job roles there is scope to work across a broad range of subjects. Intelligence Analysts in particular will be able to consider a diverse range of opportunities presented by the various branches and sections within the Division.

Positions available

We are recruiting for four specific job roles, including:​

  • Intelligence Directors (Executive Level 2)

Choosing where you work

If you progress through to Stage 3 – Assessment Centres you will be able to elect the Branches that interest you the most. Our Branches provide the following capability to the Department:

  • Strategic Assessments and Coordination – a strategic assessment capability and a central intelligence coordination function, providing intelligence governance, workforce, production, policy and stakeholder support.
  • National Intelligence – thematic teams providing subject matter expertise for operational products.
  • Intelligence Support – regionally based intelligence teams and out-posted officers, supported by a national coordination team, providing direct support to business activity and operations.
  • Border Intelligence Fusion Centre – a multidisciplinary, 24/7 intelligence fusion centre providing real time tactical intelligence to the Australian Border Force and law enforcement.
  • Intelligence Development – intelligence development functions with a focus on delivering enterprise intelligence services such as analytics, cyber and open source and capability development initiatives.

Who we are looking for

To be part of our team you’ll need to be motivated, flexible and have great collaboration and communication skills. You will also require the highest levels of integrity and professionalism to support our values and mission.

Desired attributes:

  • disciplined and analytical with logical and lateral critical reasoning and an enquiring mind
  • personal integrity, discretion and strength of conviction
  • flexible and able to adapt to changing intelligence priorities, new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles
  • ability to perform well under pressure
  • evidence-based decision making with attention to accuracy.

Minimum requirements

Candidates are required to:

  • be an Australian citizen at the time of application
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) clearance and Departmental Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).

Stage 1 – Online application

Create an account to register and use the online recruitment website.

You will receive an email when you submit your application to confirm it has been received. You will also receive profile information so you can log into your applicant account and see updates/notifications, download documents, complete assessments and make changes to your personal information.

You must read this and all other emails that you receive carefully as they will provide important next step information. If you do not receive the email, check the Spam/Junk folder of your email account.

Make sure you have the following personal details available:

  • personal particulars
  • current employment details
  • work experience
  • responses to the selection criteria
  • CV

If you realise you have made an error or want to make a change to a section after submitting your application, you will be able to log back into your application profile.

You can make changes to most sections of your application. You will also be able to reset your password or withdraw your application if you no longer want to be considered for an intelligence position.

After the closing date you will only be able to make changes to your profile information (for example, your contact details).

Stage 2 - Online Cognitive ability testing

The cognitive ability test is a 30 minute timed ability assessment delivered in a fully online format. The assessment measures verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning ability, providing a balanced measure of general cognitive ability. It is an established predictor of future job performance and job-related learning abilities.

If you progress through stages 1 and 2 you will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre.

Stage 3 - Assessment Centre

Assessment Centres will be held in most capital cities in Australia. We may conduct telephone interviews for applicants from remote areas or for people outside Australia. The Assessment Centre process includes three areas of activity:

  • work scenario
  • group activity
  • panel interview

This assessment will take approximately three hours and preparation is essential to do well in the interview.

The interview process is similar to any professional job interview; so make sure you approach it like one:

  • present yourself well and dress appropriately
  • speak clearly
  • know your CV and be able to expand on it if asked
  • know the job you are applying for, read the job role profile or job description and research the website
  • show interest and enthusiasm—we want to know you want to work with us
  • ask for clarification if you are unsure of anything.

Stage 4 – Referee report(s)

Referee reports are used to seek information about your employment history, qualifications, experience and role suitability. They also provide the selection panel with the opportunity to seek clarification on matters discussed during your assessment.

Stage 5 – Security requirements

We operate in a position of trust within the Australian community. Our employees are provided with significant powers to support the efficient and effective management of the Australian border.

To maintain the confidence of the Australian Government and the community, it is essential that all employees demonstrate and adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behaviour—both in their official and private capacities.

Some of our areas work specifically in the national security space. These roles require a person to undertake a Positive Vetting security clearance with the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).

Before you can be offered a position, you must first undergo a rigorous pre-employment character and integrity suitability screening process.

To work with us, you must be able to:

  • obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • obtain and maintain an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).

If you do not already hold a valid security clearance, we will provide you with information about the relevant security packs that must be completed before you commence work. We will assess if there is any risk associated with granting access to classified information. That assessment will be based, among other things, on advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

You should be aware that the security processes can be intrusive in nature and include (but not limited to) detailed background, character, employment, police and financial checks.

How and when we notify you

If you are found suitable you will be placed in a pool of merit and notified accordingly.

Proposed timeline

The recruitment process timeline is as follows:

  • position advertised: 15–29 August 2016
  • online cognitive testing: 2–5 September 2016
  • assessment centres: commencing mid-September through to mid-October 2016
  • reference checks: 1 November 2016
  • pool of merit finalised: early November 2016
  • Employment Suitability Clearance: can take approximately one to two months to be issued
  • security clearance: can take approximately three to six months to be issued
  • on-boarding takes place once clearances have been issued.

Due to the suitability and assessment requirements, the recruitment process can take up to six months from the time your application is considered to an offer of engagement being made.

Commencement date and salary

Commencement dates cannot be confirmed until security requirements are successfully completed.

Details about pay, leave entitlements and other conditions can be found in the current Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014 (1.9MB PDF).

Existing terms and conditions provided for under the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014 and determinations made under section 24 of the Public Service Act 1999 for former ACBPS employees will continue to apply until a new agreement is in place.