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 2020 will be held from 24-25 November 2020.

Intelligence Professionals in the 21st Century

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Inc is committed to growing the intelligence body of knowledge through fostering scholarship, professionalization of practice, support to major intelligence research projects, as well as professional and social collaboration amongst practitioners at our events.  Each year, AIPIO promotes a theme to focus this investment in thought leadership across the full range of our activities.  In 2020, the theme will be ‘Intelligence Professionals in the 21st Century’, with three sub-themes including: People; Technology and Practice.

We believe the job of intelligence professionals will be transformed in the 21st Century by 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.


The intelligence enterprise depends on the combined skills of its workforce to achieve effective results.  Every member of the workforce must have an equal opportunity to excel in their career through learning and performance improvement, mentoring and access to engaging work opportunities.  A results-focused workforce, possessing diverse global perspectives and a broad range of skills and capabilities is required to respond to the threats of the 21st Century. Crafting this workforce will require thoughtful recruitment, development and retention activities, as well as fostering an environment where all members of the workforce can maximize their contribution to the goals of the intelligence enterprise.


Intelligence professionals will have new resources based on advances in data processing and other technologies.  Technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), large dataset analytics, dynamic search tools and interactive technologies are already allowing intelligence officers to process and integrate multiple sources of data and intelligence far more quickly and efficiently than ever before.  These technologies are also expanding opportunities for collaboration involving personnel and technology and integration of new types of data.  New knowledge, tools and technologies with applications for understanding, forecasting and mitigating security risks are continually emerging.


Advances in related fields offer promising ways to glean answers to intelligence questions from the vast streams of information to which analysts potentially have access.  New developments in such fields as cognitive and behavioural science, linguistics, psychology and communication are providing the basis for more deeply understanding the social phenomena important to national security.  We must seize opportunities to apply new and familiar tools and methods into our practices, including collaborative computing ecosystems, in which autonomous computer agents augment the work of the human analyst, developing a collaborative intelligence team with far greater capacity than would be possible with either humans or machines alone.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for Intelligence 2020 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:


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Key Dates:


Intelligence 2020

24-25 November 2020

Call For Papers (Revised)

Submissions closed
Notification to Authors: 1 September 2020
Papers Due: 15 October 2020


Registrations Now Open