Australia’s secret service needs … a locksmith

Handy with a lockpick? Watched all the James Bond movies? Want to see the world, meet interesting people and then break into their embassy and steal their secrets?

Then the Australian Secret Intelligence Service might have the job for you.

In a new noticeon their careers webpage ASIS, Australia’s foreign intelligence agency, has declared they are looking for a “corporate locksmith”.

“This is a unique role for a highly motivated and dedicated Locksmith to provide complex locksmith services and advice across our organisation,” the application states

“The position involves interstate and overseas travel, often at short notice.”

While such “advice” could possibly involving cracking into the safes in Canberra embassies operated by certain countries, it is more likely the job relates more to the need to keep ASIS’s own secrets secure.

The job notice states that the successful applicant would have to manage all purchasing of locks, safes and other and secure containers for the Service.

Like most security and intelligence agencies, ASIS uses state of the art secure containers to protect their many and varied “products”.

Like Australia’s five other intelligence agencies, ASIS has undergone remarkable decade of growth since the terrorist attacks of 2001, with its annual budget appropriations growing from $54 million in 2002 to $246 million this year.

For the first time in its sixty year history, last month the Service’s Director-General, Nick Warner, gave a public speech during which he said the 21st century had provided ASIS’s work with “a new urgency and importance”.

Even applying to be the official ASIS locksmith is likely to be an interesting endeavour, as a disclaimer on their website states.

“All applications for employment with ASIS are handled in the strictest confidence. It is essential that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality and that you not discuss your application with others.”

And sadly for all those Ian Fleming enthusiasts, the applicant must have a qualification from the Australian government Security Construction and Equipment Committee, or SCEC.

A SCEC qualification requires a federal police check, which presumably rules out talented but “self-taught” safe-breakers.

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