Introduction to Australia’s National Security Challenges and Policy Making

National Security College | Executive program
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This highly interactive one-week program introduces you to the responsibilities and operation of the national security community and provides a grounding in the wide range of security challenges facing Australia.

Course date: 
19–23 March 2018
4–8 June 2018
10–14 September 2018
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

The fee for this program is $4,750 (GST ex) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $5,750 (GST ex).

Course overview

This highly interactive one-week program introduces you to the responsibilities and operation of the national security community and provides a grounding in the wide range of security challenges facing Australia. It explores how different departments and agencies contribute to the whole-of-government effort and provides insights into the impact of national security challenges on your own workplace.

The program stresses the importance of leadership and collaboration across the community and introduces you to the legislative and governance frameworks underpinning national security.

Scope and content

Through facilitated discussion, the program identifies relevant issues facing the participants and their agencies.

This program analyses the concept of national security, considers the range of issues and challenges facing Australia’s national security community, and focuses on the capability and capacity of the community to address those challenges. You’ll have the opportunity to consider the roles and responsibilities of agencies, and to reflect on current and future challenges facing professionals working on security issues.

The program covers federal and state responsibilities, the relevant whole-of-government architecture and processes, and the measures in place to support policy and crisis decision-making.

“The program is fantastic, providing a framework for understanding the most important global and regional issues of our time, and how they impact Australia. It really helped me to understand the different – but inter-related – areas of government responsibility, and how my role as a public servant fits within that.”

Learning outcomes

This program will enable you to:

• examine Australia’s national security processes and arrangements

• recognise how your work, and that of your department or agency, relates to the broader national security priorities

• outline how the national security community is addressing challenges and issues for Australia’s national security, and

• establish collaborative networks and professional relationships across the national security community.

Who should attend?

Officers working within national security agencies and departments who are involved (or likely to be involved) in policy, strategic planning, capability development, operations or coordination will benefit from participation in this program. Because of the breadth of the program and its introductory focus, there is benefit also for officers from all agencies and departments.

This program is primarily targeted at government officials (or uniformed equivalent) below middle-management level. However, more senior officers can (and regularly do) apply to join this program, as well as private sector personnel who benefit from an insider’s overview of national security. State and territory officers are encouraged to nominate. International participants attend by invitation. While there is no minimum security clearance required, participants will be expected to maintain the confidentiality of information covered during the program.

Program details

• One week non-residential, full-time

• Fully-catered program

• ANU electronic parking permit will be supplied

• Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm


Places on this course may be limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at All nominations must be completed in line with your organisation’s requirements and approval processes.

“As a long time practitioner within this space I found this course as enjoyable as it was stimulating. Participants and lecturers were able outline new challenges, broadening the understanding of all involved. I would strongly recommend this course to those with an interest or involved in this space.”

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