Executive & Professional Development Calendar

Professional programs

February

20
Feb
2023
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21
Feb
2023

National Security College | Short course

Navigating the Emerging Geoeconomic Order

National security and economics are often treated as separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship. But many of today’s most critical policy challenges are a product of the convergence of security and economic factors.

Email epd.nsc@anu.edu.au for payment details

February

21
Feb
2023
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22
Feb
2023

National Security College | Short course

Strategic cyber

Advancing cybersecurity is a top national priority and protecting Australia’s interests from diverse threat actors is a responsibility shared between the public and private sectors.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

March

01
Mar
2023
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02
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

Legal literacy

Australia’s national security agencies operate within a complex set of laws. It is essential that those who work in the sector can navigate through the complexity.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

March

08
Mar
2023
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09
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

Introduction to futures analysis

This training aims to provide participants with an understanding of the key principles of futures thinking, a range of futures tools that can be applied to policy analysis, and practical experience applying some of these techniques to a relevant case study.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

March

15
Mar
2023
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16
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

Women in national security: leading the way to diversity

This program examines national security challenges through a gender and diversity lens, providing insights into contemporary research, and access to the thoughts and experiences of national security leaders.  

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

March

22
Mar
2023
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23
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

Space and national security NEW

Co-designed with the ANU Institute for Space, this program critically analyses the implications of military and security activities in outer space, the challenges to global space governance and the importance of space situational awareness technologies.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

March

28
Mar
2023
-
29
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

How Canberra works: the national security ecosystem

This program explores national security frameworks, architecture, decision making and oversight—the how of national security decision making. Aimed at graduates and early career practitioners, this is a short crash course on Australia’s national security

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

April

04
Apr
2023
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05
Apr
2023

National Security College | Short course

A brief dive with nuclear submarines

The planned purchase of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS partnership presents capability, support and policy challenges for Australia. This one-and-a-half day program

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

April

27
Apr
2023
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28
Apr
2023

National Security College | Short course

Blue Pacific: neighbours under threat NEW

The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, endorsed at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum in 2022, acknowledged that Pacific economies and communities face a range of social, economic and development challenges, in addition to evolving challenges such as

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

May

02
May
2023
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03
May
2023

National Security College | Short course

Intelligence and policy: a powerful pairing

In an uncertain and complex world, intelligence informs and can reduce uncertainty for policymakers. Participants who have a basic understanding of both intelligence and policy will get the opportunity to dive deeper into the role intelligence plays to support

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

May

09
May
2023
-
10
May
2023

National Security College | Short course

Analytic techniques for policy makers

This training introduces participants to a range of structured analytic techniques— selected from intelligence, design thinking, and academia—for their application to robust policy development. Policy makers will learn practical ways to improve creative

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

May

17
May
2023
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18
May
2023

National Security College | Short course

Artificial intelligence (AI) and AI governance

Artificial intelligence has captured the popular imagination, yet it is a complex set of technologies that remains ill-defined and poorly understood. This program cuts through both fear and hype to explore how AI can and should be used in different domains, with a

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

May

23
May
2023
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24
May
2023

National Security College | Short course

Australia’s strategic culture: tipping points and transformations NEW

A nation’s strategic culture affects how it conceptualises and acts on its national interests and how it responds to changes in the international environment. Australia’s strategic culture has changed several times throughout its history, and contemporary

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

June

01
Jun
2023
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02
Jun
2023

National Security College | Short course

Climate and security NEW

Climate change, extreme weather events and environmental degradation all have clear implications for national security. This two-day program will enable participants to consider the science and impact of climate change. It also includes interactive

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

June

08
Jun
2023
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09
Jun
2023

National Security College | Short course

Xi’s China: a closer look NEW

This intermediate-advanced level course is tailored for participants with a solid academic or professional understanding of China, who seek deeper perspectives on China’s strategic rise and the complex challenges this poses in the Indo-Pacific.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

June

20
Jun
2023
-
21
Jun
2023

National Security College | Short course

A brief dive with nuclear submarines

The planned purchase of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS partnership presents capability, support and policy challenges for Australia. This one-and-a-half day program

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

June

27
Jun
2023
-
28
Jun
2023

National Security College | Short course

National security: a risky business

In an era of geopolitical turmoil, a global pandemic, climate change and misinformation, astute risk identification, assessment and management are vital to effective national security policy. This program will provide participants with tools and strategies to

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

July

07
Jul
2023
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28
Jul
2023

National Security College | Short course

Indo-Pacific breakfasts

Over four consecutive Fridays in July, this series examines the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept. Participants will dive deep into the geopolitical, economic and security considerations for the Indo-Pacific and the behaviour of key regional actors. How can

Cost per person (ex-GST): $1,950 for PAC Agencies; $2,340 for all others

July

18
Jul
2023
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19
Jul
2023

National Security College | Short course

Transnational serious and organised crime

Transnational serious and organised crime (TSOC) is increasingly complex, obscuring the boundaries between law enforcement and national security. This program exposes participants to wide-ranging perspectives on TSOC and its increasingly pervasive impact

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

July

19
Jul
2023
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20
Jul
2023

National Security College | Short course

Securing regional stability: focus on Southeast Asia NEW

This program explores Southeast Asia as a nexus of strategic rivalry in the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on how regional actors are responding to China’s rise, how competition for influence is evolving and what challenges this poses for regional cohesion. Is Southeast

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

August

08
Aug
2023
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10
Aug
2023

National Security College | Short course

Advanced futures

This three-day program explores the methods and tradecraft needed to integrate effective futures analysis into decision making processes. The program features a range of leading Australian and international presenters, practical exercises and reflection

Cost per person (ex-GST): $3,375 for PAC Agencies; $4,050 for all others

August

23
Aug
2023
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24
Aug
2023

National Security College | Short course

Women, peace and security NEW

This program will provide participants the opportunity to develop an understanding of the women peace and security (WPS) agenda, its importance and policy makers’ role in its implementation. Developed in close collaboration with the Department of Foreign

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

August

30
Aug
2023
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31
Aug
2023

National Security College | Short course

Propaganda and information warfare

From election interference to COVID-19 conspiracies, a host of actors across the globe are finding new ways to exploit and weaponise information. Is Australia sufficiently prepared to respond? What do we need to do to address misinformation, disinformation,

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

September

01
Sep
2023
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22
Sep
2023

National Security College | Short course

Tech breakfasts

Over four consecutive Fridays in September, this series considers the national security impacts, challenges and opportunities posed by new and emerging technologies and the intensifying state of global technology competition. It will help participants analyse the

Cost per person (ex-GST): $1,950 for PAC Agencies; $2,340 for all others

September

11
Sep
2023
-
12
Sep
2023

National Security College | Short course

Introduction to futures analysis

This training aims to provide participants with an understanding of the key principles of futures thinking, a range of futures tools that can be applied to policy analysis, and practical experience applying some of these techniques to a relevant case study.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

September

18
Sep
2023
-
19
Sep
2023

National Security College | Short course

Critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure includes the facilities, supply chains, information technologies and communication networks that, if destroyed or disrupted for an extended period, will harm our national security and economic wellbeing. Drawing on the insights and

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

October

05
Oct
2023
-
06
Oct
2023

National Security College | Short course

Intelligence and policy: a powerful pairing

In an uncertain and complex world, intelligence informs and can reduce uncertainty for policymakers. Participants who have a basic understanding of both intelligence and policy will get the opportunity to dive deeper into the role intelligence plays to support

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

October

10
Oct
2023
-
12
Oct
2023

National Security College | Short course

Health and national security

The significant strategic impact of COVID-19 has meant health is now front of mind for many national security policy and decision makers. This three-day program aims to explore the nexus between health and national security, how global threats to human

Cost per person (ex-GST): $3,375 for PAC Agencies; $4,050 for all others

October

17
Oct
2023
-
18
Oct
2023

National Security College | Short course

Blue Pacific: neighbours under threat NEW

The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, endorsed at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum in 2022, acknowledged that Pacific economies and communities face a range of social, economic and development challenges, in addition to evolving challenges such as

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

October

24
Oct
2023
-
25
Oct
2023

National Security College | Short course

Xi’s China: a closer look NEW

This intermediate-advanced level course is tailored for participants with a solid academic or professional understanding of China, who seek deeper perspectives on China’s strategic rise and the complex challenges this poses in the Indo-Pacific.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

October

31
Oct
2023
-
01
Nov
2023

National Security College | Short course

How Canberra works: the national security ecosystem

This program explores national security frameworks, architecture, decision making and oversight—the how of national security decision making. Aimed at graduates and early career practitioners, this is a short crash course on Australia’s national security

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

November

14
Nov
2023
-
15
Nov
2023

National Security College | Short course

Analytic techniques for policy makers

This training introduces participants to a range of structured analytic techniques— selected from intelligence, design thinking, and academia—for their application to robust policy development. Policy makers will learn practical ways to improve creative

Cost per person (ex-GST): $2,250 for PAC Agencies; $2,700 for all others

Executive programs

February

13
Feb
2023
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24
Feb
2023

National Security College | Short course

Succeeding on the frontline: executive development for middle managers EL1 and equivalent

Middle managers are on the frontline of policymaking and so are often called upon to navigate the complexities of national security policy—a growing challenge in an increasingly disrupted world.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $11,650 for PAC Agencies; $13,980 for all others

March

03
Mar
2023
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24
Mar
2023

National Security College | Short course

Navigating an era of strategic competition: executive development for senior managers EL2 and equivalent

This three-week program unpacks the evolving concept of national security, providing indepth analysis of a broad range of national security challenges facing Australia. Senior national security practitioners, together with thought leaders from academia and

Cost per person (ex-GST): $17,350 for PAC Agencies; $20,820 for all others

April

26
Apr
2023
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28
Apr
2023

National Security College | Short course

National security foundations – introductory level program

This program introduces participants to the issues, challenges, and opportunities that shape Australia’s national security landscape. By engaging with leading academics and senior officials, the program provides participants who are new to national security the

Cost per person (ex-GST): $3,375 for PAC Agencies; $4,050 for all others

May

08
May
2023
-
26
May
2023

National Security College | Short course

Navigating an era of strategic competition: executive development for senior managers EL2 and equivalent

This three-week program unpacks the evolving concept of national security, providing indepth analysis of a broad range of national security challenges facing Australia. Senior national security practitioners, together with thought leaders from academia and

Cost per person (ex-GST): $17,350 for PAC Agencies; $20,820 for all others

July

24
Jul
2023
-
28
Jul
2023

National Security College | Short course

National security foundations – introductory level program

This program introduces participants to the issues, challenges, and opportunities that shape Australia’s national security landscape. By engaging with leading academics and senior officials, the program provides participants who are new to national security the

Cost per person (ex-GST): $3,375 for PAC Agencies; $4,050 for all others

August

07
Aug
2023
-
23
Aug
2023

National Security College | Short course

Succeeding on the frontline: executive development for middle managers EL1 and equivalent

Middle managers are on the frontline of policymaking and so are often called upon to navigate the complexities of national security policy—a growing challenge in an increasingly disrupted world.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $11,650 for PAC Agencies; $13,980 for all others

September

04
Sep
2023
-
06
Sep
2023

National Security College | Short course

National security foundations: a whole-of-nation perspective

Introductory program for officials from state and territory governments

To be advised; please contact NSC directly if interested in this program

September

20
Sep
2023
-
22
Sep
2023

National Security College | Short course

National security foundations – introductory level program

This program introduces participants to the issues, challenges, and opportunities that shape Australia’s national security landscape. By engaging with leading academics and senior officials, the program provides participants who are new to national security the

Cost per person (ex-GST): $3,375 for PAC Agencies; $4,050 for all others

October

09
Oct
2023
-
20
Oct
2023

National Security College | Short course

Succeeding on the frontline: executive development for middle managers EL1 and equivalent

Middle managers are on the frontline of policymaking and so are often called upon to navigate the complexities of national security policy—a growing challenge in an increasingly disrupted world.

Cost per person (ex-GST): $11,650 for PAC Agencies; $13,980 for all others

November

06
Nov
2023
-
01
Dec
2023

National Security College | Short course

Leading through disruption: executive development for senior executives SES1 and equivalent

This immersive four-week program provides current and emerging senior leaders a contemporary perspective on national security and the intersection between domestic and international issues. As NSC’s flagship program, participants will have one-of-a-kind

Cost per person (ex-GST): $34,000 for PAC Agencies; $40,800 for all others

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