This interactive and practical two-week program will enhance your understanding of the national security community and the range of strategic challenges it faces.
The fee for this program is $11,100 (plus GST) for participating Commonwealth agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $13,390 (GST exclusive).
This interactive and practical two-week program will enhance your understanding of the national security community and the range of strategic challenges it faces. It explores these areas alongside collaborative leadership and the national security policy framework, through facilitated discussion, syndicate workshops, hypothetical exercises and site visits. Additionally, it provides important professional collaborative networks as your career advances.
Scope and content
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. It also aims to provide you with a greater understanding of strategy, planning and implementation in national security policymaking.
“The National Security Executive Level 1 Development Program stands as one of the top two or three professional development experiences of my career. I walked away with a profound respect for my professional colleagues in the APS.”
You will leave the program with:
• a broad understanding of Australia’s national security strategic environment and the forces of change affecting it
• a greater understanding of the national security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region
• a greater understanding of the principles underpinning strategy and planning
• broad professional networks within the national security community
• insights from thought leaders and practitioners on national security policymaking and emerging security challenges
• an enhanced understanding of the national security architecture, including the capabilities, priorities and challenges of Australia’s national security community
• an understanding of collaborative leadership in a multi-agency/jurisdictional setting.
“This NSC EL 1 Development Program was one of the best constructed, high calibre, intensive courses I’ve undertaken as a professional working in the foreign affairs portfolio for nine years. It worked due to the excellent quality of presenters, the range and complementarity of subjects, the ability to share classified materials, and the dynamic, interactive nature of discussions that followed.”
Who should attend?
The program is designed for emerging leaders in the national security community and Executive Level 1 (EL1) officers working in both traditional and non-traditional national security agencies and departments who are involved in policy, strategic planning, capability development or coordination. State and territory government officers and private sector middle managers are encouraged to register. A minimum SECRET (NV1) security clearance is required to enrol in this program.
• Two week non-residential, full time
• Fully-catered program
• ANU parking permit will be supplied
• Limited on-campus accommodation is available for interstate participants.
If you are a public service officer, please nominate through your Learning and Development Manager. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“This course was thought-provoking, strategic and highly valuable to my work in international policy. It was without a doubt the best professional course I have ever attended and I feel like I actually learned more in those two weeks than I did completing my Master in International Relations!”
Brett MacDonald joined the National Security College in April 2016 as Manager of Course Development and Delivery in the Executive and Professional Development team, on secondment from the Australian Federal Police. His career has included roles in adult education, human resource (HR) and project management, with over 25 years’ experience across a number of government agencies including Australian Tax Office, Defence and the Australian Federal Police.
Professor Rory Medcalf
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement as well as education, executive development and research. His professional background involves more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism, including a formative role as Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.