Careers with ASIO

Job Vacancies

Policy and Outreach Roles
Business & Corporate Services
Ongoing - Permanent
$94,632 - $134,407
The opportunity

Are you seeking a career at an intelligence agency where you can contribute and make a difference to the security of Australia?

ASIO provides advice to the Australian Government to protect Australia, its people and its interests in today's complex and changing world.  To be successful in this mission, we need talented people who are highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient. Our people are our most important assets; they are ordinary Australians but they do extraordinary things.

ASIO is seeking to fill policy and outreach positions across a number of Divisions to assist us in meeting our reporting, liaison, coordination and legal requirements.

The policy positions will provide opportunities to contribute to ASIO's mission through advice to Government, Parliamentary Committees and other oversight bodies, and support enterprise management and governance practices.

The outreach positions will provide opportunities to contribute to ASIO's mission through advice to Government, Defence, industry and academia on current and emerging security threats, and the design and application of security policy.


ASIO is seeking to fill roles at the AE6 (APS6) and the AEE1 (EL1) level across a range of policy and outreach functions, including:

Ministerial and Cabinet Liaison
Strategic Policy
Legislative Policy
Legal Warrants
Outreach Strategy and Coordination
Government Outreach
Defence Industry Outreach

Role responsibilities

As an AE6 (APS6) Policy Officer in ASIO, your duties may include:

Providing advice and support to line areas on the requirements and timeframes for Cabinet Submissions and other Ministerial decision briefs and documents
Working under limited supervision to coordinate the collation and passage of Cabinet submissions and other Ministerial decision briefs and documents to the Minister's office
Contribute to supporting relevant parliamentary functions including ASIO submissions to parliamentary committees and ASIO's appearance at Senate Estimates
Working closely with key external stakeholders on policy matters of critical importance to ASIO
Responding to compliance matters relating to the Office of the Inspector General Intelligence and Security, including input into compliance reporting

As an AE6 (APS6) Outreach Officer in ASIO, your duties may include:

Initiating and managing relationships with government and industry representative in support of ASIO's strategic priorities
Developing and delivering high quality briefings and threat advice
Collaborating with other Commonwealth and State Government partners to maximise the impact of security messaging
Maintaining a sound knowledge of national security environment issues and government policy, so as to represent ASIO confidently in a range of settings

As an AEE1 (EL1) Policy Officer in ASIO, your duties may include:

Providing timely, high quality advice to support Senior Executive participation in key high-level national security and intelligence policy and coordination committees, such as the National Security Committee and the Secretaries Committee on National Security
Providing advice on the impact of proposed legislative amendments
Working closely with key stakeholders across ASIO and Government more broadly, provide Government with advice on matters of key strategic importance to ASIO

As an AEE1 (EL1) Outreach Officer in ASIO, your duties may include:

Fostering relationships across ASIO and with partners, recognising shared agendas and working towards mutually beneficial outcomes
Engaging with, and representing ASIO, to a variety of stakeholders across government including at senior levels
Leading a team to create ASIO Outreach tools and presentations that generate impact
Promoting a culture of innovation – including exploring creative options for outreach that generate influence and create efficiencies.

Key attributes

We invite applications from candidates with the following attributes:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail;
Effective work prioritisation skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple tasks, often with shifting and competing timeframes;
The ability to be responsive to rapidly emerging requirements;
Good judgement on matters of strategic importance to ASIO; and
The ability to work in a small team managing a range of complex and often time critical tasks.

In addition to the above, for AEE1 candidates:

The ability to proactively identify emerging national security policy issues that will impact ASIO; and 
Strong interpersonal and liaison skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders – both internal and external.

Prior experience in any of the following areas is highly desirable but not essential:

Coordinating and developing input to government policy processes
Advising on legislative proposals
Cabinet processes
Governance coordination
Agency support to ministers
Communications and marketing
Government and/or industry outreach


ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:

a competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance for maintaining a Positive Vetting security clearance;
employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent;
a variety of leave options, including four weeks annual leave;
flexible working hours / arrangements to assist you to maintain your work-life balance (please note: due to our unique working environment, work from home options are not available);
seven staff-led diversity and inclusion networks;
study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education; and
access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


To be eligible for the role, you must be:

an Australian citizen; and
assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance.

ASIO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace.


Positions are based in Canberra.

How to apply

Click on 'Apply Online' to commence your application. Your application must be complete and include the following:

a succinct statement of claims up to 800 words against the selection criteria, using examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements; and
an up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length.

All employment decisions and selection processes within ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo various selection stages. 

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

Selection Criteria

Referring to ASIO's People Capability Framework (available on the ASIO Careers page) and considering the position description, demonstrate what you bring to the position in relation to the criteria below:

Strategic Thinking;
Achieving Results;
Productive Working Relationships;
Personal Drive and Integrity;
Communication with Influence; and
Demonstrated skills and experience.

Please note: it is not necessary to address each sub heading of the selection criteria individually in your application.

Closing date and time
Monday 25 October, 5.00pm AEST

Employment Conditions

Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.


If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact ASIO Recruitment at or phone (02) 6257 4916.

ASIO thanks all applicants for their interest in applying. In accordance with ASIO policy, unsuccessful candidates will be notified but will not be provided with feedback on any aspect of the selection process.

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