The formal creation of ONI marked a significant point in the evolution of Australia’s national intelligence enterprise, bringing together a wide range of capabilities — including a workforce comprising some of the best talent available.
ONI ensures enhanced cooperation, coordination, integration and efficiencies among the agencies and departments that comprise the new National Intelligence Community (NIC). It is helping position the NIC enterprise as a global leader in its field and ensuring the Australian Government has the intelligence capabilities it needs to protect — and enhance — Australia’s security and national interests.
ONI brings an integrated and strategic focus to the NIC and its activities. This includes enhanced coordination and ICT connectivity across the intelligence community; better prioritisation and evaluation systems to ensure the Government gets the intelligence it needs to inform its decision-making; improved mechanisms for developing joint capabilities; and greater coordination of NIC workforce strategies and planning.
On the assessment side, ONI works to understand the world and the issues impacting Australia. Our assessments of international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia and Australians draw on intelligence and reporting from government agencies, as well as publicly available information. Our expertise ranges from countries in our region and further afield to issues including terrorism, cyber security, transnational crime, climate change and the global economy. And our outlook is broad — we value the perspectives of academics, other non-government experts, and counterpart organisations in a number of countries.
Our Open Source Centre specialises in collecting and analysing a rapidly expanding range of publicly available information — including foreign language material — from sources such as print and electronic media and websites.
ONI is not a policy agency, though we aim to contribute to policy development; we are a government body and part of the NIC. We are staunchly objective in our analysis; in fact the independence of our judgments is enshrined in law. The insights into world affairs we provide to the Government help it develop and implement effective policy responses that advance Australia's interests.