The contemporary Australian intelligence domain

Document Type

Journal Article


Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / ECU Security Research Institute




Corkill, J., & Davies, A. (2013). The contemporary Australian intelligence domain. The AIPIO Journal, 21(2), 37-53.


In the new complex and interconnected twenty first century world the roles and functions of intelligence have evolved beyond being a secret capability of governments focused on national security needs. Intelligence has become recognised as a critical function necessary to support decision making across the full breadth of government and corporate activity. The concept of an intelligence community being purely national security centric and bounded by secrecy has become limited. Intelligence in support of decision making has become a far broader domain than previously believed. This paper investigates the degree of intelligence embedded-ness across Australian government agencies and departments at the federal, state and local levels. Findings reveal that across the Australian government employment sector in excess of75 discrete intelligence capabilities were identified, categorized by theme before being stratified into a three tier hierarchal intelligence domain map. Many of these categories were not in support of national security per se, but rather in support of broader government decision making. This paper reports the initial findings of a longer term research project focused on mapping the Australian intelligence domain.

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