ASD’s strategic plan on a page is a graphical representation of ASD’s strategic objectives, and how the strategic objectives link to ASD’s purpose, vision, enabling capabilities, and values. It also notes the context and external drivers that affect how ASD operates.

Our purpose

Defend Australia from global threats and advance our national interests through the provision of foreign signals intelligence, cyber security and offensive cyber operations, as directed by Government.

Our vision

We are a world-leading intelligence and cyber security agency, enabled by talented dedicated people, leading-edge capabilities, strong partnerships, and the trust of the Australian public. Our role as both 'poacher' and 'gamekeeper' uniquely positions us to provide trusted advice and conduct intelligence operations.

  • We provide unique capabilities and access that inform and make a difference. We excel in the collection and exploitation of data.
  • We build world-class, innovative offensive cyber capabilities that deliver real world impact.
  • We make Australia the safest place to connect online.

Our strategic objectives

  • Deliver Strategic Advantage: Generate intelligence and operational effects to protect and advance Australia's national interests.
  • Lead Cyber Security: Make Australia the safest place to connect to the online world. Foster national cyber security resilience.
  • Support Military Operations: Enable the war fighter. Protect Defence personnel and assets.
  • Counter Cyber-enabled Threat: Protect Australia and Australians by countering cyber-enabled crime and disrupting terrorists' use of the internet.
  • Provide Trusted Advise and Expertise: Deliver timely, trusted and quality advice to Government, law enforcement, business and the community.

Our enabling capabilities

  • People and Culture: Our success is based on the ingenuity and diversity or our team. We have an inclusive culture that values and rewards teamwork. We attract and retain the best talent.
  • Technology: We use technology in innovative and creative ways to gain asymmetric advantage. We master technology to identify and disrupt threats, and protect Australian interests.
  • Partnerships: We bring together our expertise and capabilities with those of our partners for mutual benefit. Respectful relationships and collaboration enable our success.
  • Tradecraft: We give our staff the skills to solve challenging problems, and operate in the slim area between the difficult and the impossible.
  • Governance and Risk: We act professionally, legally and ethically. We manage risk and are fully accountable for our actions. We are fiscally responsible and we promote a culture that values strong compliance and security practices.
  • Leadership and Influence: The leadership skills of our people underpin everything we do. And our mastery of technology underpins our trusted advice to the Government and the public.    

Our unique values

  • We make a difference
  • We strive for excellence
  • We belong to a great team
  • We are audacious in concept
  • We are meticulous in execution