Russell Offices

The Russell Offices is a complex of office buildings located in the Canberra suburb of Russell[1]. Parking in the precinct[2] is controlled by the National Capital Authority[3].

Together with Campbell Park, these two complexes are home to the Australian Department of Defence and contain the administrative headquarters of the Australian Defence Force[4]. The buildings in the complex are informally referred to as R1, R2 and so forth. R1-R4 are clustered together in the centre of the complex[5], R5-R7 are clustered at the north[6], while R8 and R9 are together at the south[7].

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was located at Russell until their move into the Ben Chifley Building in July 2013[8].

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) occupies Building 5 (R5) and Building 6 (R6) and their annex[9]. Upgrade works costing an estimated $75M were put to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works in March 2017[10]. The project is in the Department of Defence budget[11].

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is located in Building 4 (R4)[12].

Russell Offices
Canberra, Australia
The Russell Offices photographed from Mount Pleasant
The Russell Offices photographed from Mount Pleasant
Site information
Open to
the public
Garrison information
GarrisonAustralian Defence Organisation

See also


  1. ^ "RUSSELL OFFICES, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY" (PDF). Australian Government, Department of Defence. 1 October 2013.
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  4. ^ "Russell Offices". Royal Australian Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
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  8. ^ "Rudd opens new ASIO headquarters in Canberra". ABC News. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
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  12. ^ "Contact Us". Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation. AGO. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

Coordinates: 35°17′51″S 149°9′6″E / 35.29750°S 149.15167°E


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