The AIPIO ( is the peak representative body for intelligence practitioners in Australia. Our goal is to establish and promote intelligence as a widely recognised profession in Australia, and our membership is drawn from a wide range of fields including government, national security, the armed forces, law enforcement, business, academia, the media, information technology and information service providers.

Intelligence 2021 will be held from 21-25 February using an online Virtual Conference Platform.

Why should you attend the conference?

  • AIPIO has secured a distinguished line up of speakers and ensured daily opportunities for networking. See our program here
  • Five days of jam-packed content
  • Launch of the AIPIO Certification and Accreditation Scheme
  • Focused Skills Building Sessions to help you enhance your skills and capabilities
  • Dedicated networking sessions to keep you connected
  • On-demand access to sessions post event

This conference is relevant for everyone who has an intelligence function in their organisation – do not miss out on this event. Take the opportunity to grow your network; enhance your skills; better understand intelligence capabilities and how to incorporate them in your team; develop new tools and hear from industry leaders.



The Evolving Intelligence Landscape

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Inc is committed to growing the intelligence body of knowledge through fostering scholarship, professionalisation of practice, support to major intelligence research projects, as well as professional and social collaboration amongst practitioners at our events.

We believe intelligence professionals will be transformed in the 21st Century through an operating environment marked by the unexpected and the unpredictable. In anticipating and responding to continuously evolving security risks, intelligence professionals will likely be tracking new combinations of non-state and state-sponsored actors who threaten to disrupt civil society. Shifting strategic alliances amongst these hostile actors, military conflicts, the presence of terrorist factions and street gangs, and deteriorating local economies will add to the complexity of intelligence work. At the same time, hostile actors will have access to new resources, including computing technologies and cyberspace operations, as well as chemical and biological agents that will amplify their power to inflict harm and disrupt daily life and commerce. We must prepare the intelligence enterprise for these rapid changes ahead by shaping agile intelligence professionals, assimilating new technologies and building practices that can anticipate and respond at will.

Each year, the AIPIO promotes a theme to focus this investment in thought leadership across the full range of our activities. 

In 2021, the AIPIO theme will be ‘The Evolving Intelligence Landscape’, with four sub-themes – business, criminal, regulatory, and security – each representing established and emerging domains of practice across the intelligence landscape. New domains of intelligence practice – which enhance the national intelligence enterprise – should be driven by the adoption of intelligence-led approaches to deal with novel challenges in complex operating environments. These new domains of intelligence practice are following different capability development pathways differentiated by mandates, methods, terminology, technological enablement, oversight and level of professionalisation. 

Intelligence 2021 will explore these points of differentiation across the evolving intelligence landscape, reflecting on the broader development of the intelligence profession in Australia from its traditional roots in national security and cultural impediments hampered by tradition. The conference will address ‘where we have come from,’ ‘where we are now’, and ‘where we are heading’ as a national intelligence enterprise. For example, we are already seeing new intelligence career opportunities for prospective and experienced professionals across the evolving intelligence landscape. Intelligence 2021 offers a trusted and collaborative environment – both physical and virtual – to network and share these insights for mutual benefit. 


In the wake of COVID-19, businesses are facing a prolonged period of uncertainty, challenging economic conditions, seismic geopolitical shifts, climate change, and societal fragility. Often subtle changes from internal and external developments can be amplified under conditions of high uncertainty, resulting in disproportionate downside consequences as well as exposing broader opportunities. Business intelligence involves fusing both quantitative and qualitative data for informing, developing, and executing strategy in more inclusive, dynamic, creative, and experimental ways.


The growing sophistication and societal impact of criminality demands new approaches from law enforcement. Policing agencies are embracing evidence-based practices, and a shift to anticipation, disruption, prevention and monitoring crime to reduce the impact of criminal activities on our communities. Criminal intelligence involves informing more anticipatory law enforcement practices – with new tools such as data analytics – to shape the criminal environment by quickly finding and acting on key leverage points.


Organisations are experiencing unprecedented volumes of regulatory change and complexity. The expansion of regulatory oversight and obligations requires deliberate monitoring of the current regulatory environment. Regulatory intelligence involves gathering, analysing, and reporting relevant regulatory intelligence data across all sectors to improve decision-making, better understand and address risks, reduce harm, and improve regulatory outcomes in an environment of continuous improvement.


Today’s more complex security concerns outstrip the capacity of a traditional ‘gates and guards’ approach. The growth in boundary-less organisations, disinformation campaigns through social media, and multi-dimensional threats to global supply chains requires organisations to anticipate insecurity on a global basis. Security intelligence involves helping organisations navigate the high level of uncertainty being channelled into decision making.

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Further information will be added to this site as planning progresses.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for Intelligence 2021 are available. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus please contact Conference Organiser, Sue Ryman-Kiernan for further details:


T: +61 3 9885 6566

Key Dates:


Intelligence 2021

21 - 25 February 2022

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