Intelligence and policy analysts collect and analyse data and information to assist with the development of policies and programs.

Where intelligence and policy analysts are employed

Policy analysts work for federal and state government departments as well as trade unions, political parties, universities, and non-profit and private sector organisations that provide consultancy services to government or lobby government on policy issues.

Most opportunities are in the capital cities especially Canberra. Policy analysts may also find work as journalists, political technical officers or research assistants.


Full-time intelligence and policy analysts in South Australia earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Intelligence and Policy Analysts

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 725 people employed full-time as intelligence and policy analysts in South Australia compared with 571 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a policy analyst you usually have to complete a degree in commerce, economics, law, international studies or political science with a major in an area relevant to the policy field in which you wish to work. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English and maths are normally required. 

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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