Speaker Profile

Mr. Tom Hamilton

Director, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation


In March 2022, Tom Hamilton was appointed Director Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, becoming the leader of the Defence Geospatial Domain. Previously, Mr Hamilton performed the role of First Assistant Secretary of the Foreign Investment Division in the Treasury from August 2020 to March 2022. In this position Mr Hamilton was responsible for leadership of all aspects of foreign investment policy and regulatory operations and is the executive member of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Mr Hamilton joined the Australian Public Service, in the Department of Defence, in 2001. He has held senior leadership roles in strategic policy, international policy and capability analysis, including as First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy and a significant period as acting Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence. In 2019, Mr Hamilton led a major review of Defence policy and was author of the consequent 2020 Defence Strategic Update which reset the Australian Government’s strategic defence policy. He was also the principal drafter of the 2016 Defence White Paper. From 2009 to 2013, Mr Hamilton served in the Office of the Minister for Defence as a policy adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff. From 2004 to 2009, Mr Hamilton served in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: in the National Security Division with responsibility for defence capability and domestic security polices; and in the Social Policy Division, with responsibility for indigenous and employment services policies.


Mr Hamilton will present on Wednesday 25 May 2022 in the session 'Opportunities, Innovation, and Inclusion'

Presentation title: Government role in a spatially enabled Australia

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation is dealing with ever growing datasets, while grappling with how to manage complex and diverse data in a structured and standardised way that allows timely and effective geospatial analysis. In his keynote address, Tom Hamilton will give an overview of AGO’s Data Strategy 2021-2025: Consistent, Capable and Connected with GEOINT Data, which aims to respond to this evolving challenge. By working smarter with data and embracing partnerships with industry and other stakeholders, AGO will be able to deliver insights from GEOINT analysis, facilitating information superiority and situational awareness for our Government and military decision-makers.

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