Call for papers

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 33rd National Conference, Intelligence 2024, to be held in Brisbane at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on 28-30 August 2024. The conference theme is: ‘Sustaining and Building the Intelligence Profession’. Within that theme, we will explore the sub-themes of Accountability, Capability and Renewal – each factor represents what is needed to sustain and build the intelligence profession in Australia for the complex and challenging future.

We seek contributions from intelligence professionals, academics, students, and other industry professionals. A number of successful abstracts will be given the opportunity to prepare a paper and present it to a national conference attended by intelligence professionals, managers, and sector partners. All selected papers will also be published in the AIPIO journal to be available online after the conference – subject to contributor approval.


Our highly interconnected world is being reshaped by strategic competition, with growing complexity arising at the national and local levels.  All domains of intelligence practice are confronting this complexity, working to glean insights for timely and effective decision making.  A robust intelligence profession is a critical influence and key national resource in securing our defence, security, and well-being.

Intelligence 2024 – the AIPIO annual international conference - will examine what is needed to sustain and build the intelligence profession in Australia during these challenging times.  With expanding investment in the intelligence profession, we should anticipate strengthened accountability mechanisms.  Also, the capability mix is likely to change, to better prepare for new challenges and to leverage the best of whole of national support.  Finally, this is a chance for renewal – bringing new perspectives and approaches to bear on the intelligence profession.  These three factors will form the sub-themes of Intelligence 2024.


Accountability is a crucial aspect of the intelligence profession, underpinning the social contract for a robust intelligence profession. Intelligence professionals are accountable for their actions and decisions and that accountability helps to maintain public trust and confidence in the intelligence enterprise. Additionally, accountability helps to ensure that intelligence activities, especially emerging practices, are conducted within the bounds of the law and ethical standards.


Capability is the ability of intelligence professionals to collect, analyse, and disseminate information and insights effectively and efficiently. Capability involves generating the necessary intelligence skills, knowledge, and resources to address emerging challenges. Designing, developing, and maintaining these capabilities – people, processes, and technologies – is essential for the intelligence profession to drive change and influence and contribute to national resilience.


Renewal involves several aspects, including evolving intelligence practice, improving recruitment and retention of personnel, investing in training and education, modernising technology and infrastructure, and enhancing collaboration and partnerships with other agencies and organisations. Additionally, promoting diversity and inclusivity within the intelligence community can help to bring in new perspectives and ideas. Adapting to evolving threats and challenges requires agility and innovation, which can be achieved through continuous learning and improvement. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) will likely play a key role in renewal.

Developing Your Tradecraft

Whether you are a seasoned professional or looking to enter the intelligence field, the importance of building, reviewing and mastering fundamentals of the intelligence discipline is vital. These practical sessions will provide insight into the range of duties for intelligence professionals in different practice domains whilst strengthening your soft, technical and leadership skills.

Important Dates

19 April 2024: Abstracts close
19 May 2024: Contributors notified
2 August 2024: Papers due. 

Please note that it is a requirement for submissions selected to present at Intelligence 2024 to submit full papers by this deadline. Failure to submit your paper will result in your paper being withdrawn from the Conference program.

Submission Guidelines

An abstract (200-300 words maximum) outlining your paper and addressing the theme of the conference and one of the four sub-themes should be prepared. Spaces to present at Intelligence 2024 are very limited and competitive. All abstracts will be considered by a selection committee. Successful applicants will be notified and will be invited to complete a full paper for submission to the AIPIO Journal. A restricted number of successful applicants will also be provided the opportunity to present the work presented in their paper at Intelligence 2024 and will receive a complimentary registration for the day of their presentation with the option to attend the full conference at a discounted rate.

Abstracts should be sent to: 

Submissions selected to present at the conference and should prepare their paper with sufficient information for a 30-minute presentation.

Authors will have the opportunity give permission for their papers to be published as part of the conference proceedings from Intelligence 2024. 

Authors will also have the opportunity to submit a refined version of their papers to the AIPIO journal for publication.

Publication in the AIPIO Journal is subject to the successful completion of a blind review process. Please note that once a paper has been accepted, it should not be published elsewhere prior to being published in the AIPIO Journal, and once a paper has been accepted for publication in the AIPIO Journal, authors will be asked to sign a copyright transfer form to transfer the copyright over to the Journal. From that point on, the author may no longer reproduce the work or publish the work elsewhere without permission from the Managing Editor of the AIPIO Journal.

Please note successful papers will need to be submitted in the preferred format of the AIPIO Journal as noted in the “Submission Guidelines” on the AIPIO website.

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