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Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation

Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
Agency overview
Formed2000; 24 years ago (2000)
(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 executives
Parent agencyDefence Intelligence Group

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.


Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) was originally formed in 2000 when the Australian Imagery Organisation, the Defence Topographic Agency and the Directorate of Strategic Military Geographic Information were brought together to form the DIGO.[2]

DIGO was renamed Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) on 3 May 2013. AGO is part of the Australian Department of Defence.[3]


During 2014, the AGO assisted in the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.[4][5][6]

The operations of the agency are subject to independent statutory oversight by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Statement from Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence". 17 February 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ "AGO Website". AGO About. Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Plane spots objects in new search area for Malaysia jet". The Irish Times. Reuters. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Defence involved in search for MH370. Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia. 24 October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9925662-2-7. Retrieved 27 October 2017. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  7. ^ "The Australian Intelligence Community". Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. Commonwealth of Australia. February 2017. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2017.


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