Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is an Australian government intelligence agency that is part of the Department of Defence responsible for the collection, analysis, and distribution of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of Australia's defence and national interests. The AGO is one of six agencies that form the Australian Intelligence Community.

Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
Agency overview
Formed28 November 1982 (1982-11-28)
(as Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation)
Preceding agencies
  • Australian Imagery Organisation
  • Directorate of Strategic Military Geographic Information
  • Defence Topographic Agency
HeadquartersRussell Offices, Russell, Canberra, ACT
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Neil Orme PSM, Director
    (As of June 2017)[1]
Parent agencyDepartment of Defence


The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) was created on 28 November 1982, by amalgamating the Canberra-based Australian Imagery Organisation and Directorate of Strategic Military Geographic Information, and the Bendigo-based Defence Topographic Agency (now called the Geospatial Analysis Centre). DIGO was part of the Australian Department of Defence.

DIGO was renamed Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation on 3 May 2013.[2]


During 2014, the AGO assisted in the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.[3][4][5]

The operations of the agency are subject to independent statutory oversight by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.[6]

See also


  1. "2017 Independent Intelligence Review" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. June 2017. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-925362-54-1. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. "Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – 2013 Defence White Paper: Renaming the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation" (Press release). Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. "Plane spots objects in new search area for Malaysia jet". The Irish Times. Reuters. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. Wroe, David; Allard, Tom; Murdoch, Lindsay (29 March 2014). "Push to take control: Australia to lead the probe into MH370". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. "Defence involved in search for MH370". Annual Report: 2013-14. Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia. 24 October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9925662-2-7. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. "The Australian Intelligence Community". Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. Commonwealth of Australia. February 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.


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