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1st Intelligence Battalion (Australia)

The 1st Intelligence Battalion is an Australian Army unit responsible for collecting and analysing intelligence. It was formed in 1999, and is currently part of the 6th Brigade.

1st Intelligence Battalion
RoleIntelligence collection and analysis
Part of6th Brigade
Motto(s)Periculum aliis arcete
("Keeping others from danger")[1]


The 1st Intelligence Battalion was established in 1999. The Australian Army's website states that the unit "traces its history from Australian Intelligence Corps units and organisations formed prior to the Vietnam War, with a legacy to 1 Division and 2 Division Intelligence Companies".[1] On 1 March 2010 the battalion became part of the 6th Brigade when it was re-raised to command the Army's command support and intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition units.[2] In 2014 the 1st Topographic Survey Squadron was transferred into the battalion from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment.[3][4][5]

Teams and individual personnel from the 1st Intelligence Battalion have been deployed in support of all Australian Defence Force deployments since the unit was established.[1] In April 2015 the Army's in-house newspaper reported that "for the first time since being raised the ... battalion had no formed bodies on deployment".[6]

Until 2008 the 1st Intelligence Battalion comprised only members of the Australian Intelligence Corps. Since that time, members of other corps of the Army as well as personnel from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force have been posted to the battalion to serve as human intelligence operators or interrogators.[6] The 1st Intelligence Battalion maintains teams of specialists on short notice to deploy from the unit's base at Brisbane.[6] As of 2014, the unit's roles included collecting and analysing human intelligence, psychological warfare and information operations. In addition, it was capable of conducting topographical surveys and collecting and making use of geospatial intelligence. At this time the 1st Intelligence Battalion included an All Source Cell which aimed to combine and analyse different sources of intelligence, as well as capabilities to exploit intelligence.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "1st Intelligence Battalion". Australian Army. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gaze, Jillian (18 March 2010). "Key to Adaptability". Army. Department of Defence. p. 5. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (Joint-Wednesday, 20 May 2015)". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Royal Australian Survey Corps Association Queensland Branch Bulletin" (PDF). Royal Australian Survey Corps Association Queensland Branch. December 2015. p. 5. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "6th Engineer Support Regiment". Australian Army. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Robinson, Ned (9 April 2015). "Intelligent Prepration". Army. Department of Defence. p. 11. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "The Australian Army: An Aide Memoire". Australian Army. April 2014. p. 27. Retrieved 1 January 2017.