About us

The AIPIO goal is to advance the professionalisation of intelligence

To achieve our vison and goal, AIPIO works to sustain and grow a community of intelligence practitioners through advocacy, thought leadership and partner engagement. 


What is intelligence?

Historian Walter Laqueur observed that no one has succeeded in crafting a theory of intelligence.  Even today, we have no accepted definition of intelligence.  Many of the working definitions stress the ’informational’ aspects of intelligence rather than its ’organisational’ aspects.  For example, intelligence is the product resulting from the collection, processing, integration, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of available information concerning foreign countries or areas.   In practice, intelligence is both insight and an organised system for collecting and exploiting supporting data, information and knowledge.  Intelligence is both an activity and a product of that activity.  But most importantly, intelligence must confer an advantage to the customer.  Intelligence work is best undertaken by professionals.

AIPIO History

Origins.  The origins of AIPIO can be traced to a meeting held at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) in Canberra on 20 November 1990.  Following the circulation of a draft Constitution to key stakeholders, 40 intelligence officers voted to approve the Constitution and form AIPIO on 2 May 1991.  The Institute was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 18 September 1991.

AIPIO Vision
Our vision is Integrated Intelligence: people and practice.

To advance the professionalisation of intelligence in Australia