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Spy body hunts for new boss

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Adam Gartrell

Allan Gyngell, head of ONA, will retire in the coming months.

Allan Gyngell, head of ONA, will retire in the coming months. Photo: Yuri Gripas

Situation vacant: National spymaster.

Australia's peak foreign intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, is on the hunt for a new boss.

ONA has taken out a newspaper advertisement calling for applicants to replace director-general Allan Gyngell.

Mr Gyngell - who has headed up the agency since mid-2009 - declined to comment on his reasons for leaving.

But a spokesman for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said Mr Gyngell had advised the government of his intention to retire ''in the coming months''.

The job is one of the most senior and demanding in the Australian intelligence world.

ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister, providing expert assessments and analysis of international political, strategic and economic events and what they mean for Australia. It also co-ordinates the nation's foreign intelligence efforts.

The ad calls for someone with an impressive strategic mind, and the ability to quickly grasp complex issues and present practical and responsive advice to the government.

Someone with a collegial personal style, an ability to engender trust and respect, sound judgment, intellectual rigour, tenacity and resilience are all a must.

The ad promises a ''significant'' remuneration package. Applications close on February 11.

AAP

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