The Intelligence and Policy Relationship

National Security College | Professional course


Australia’s national security environment demands enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence providers and policy-making officials. How can we get the most out of these relationships and meet the challenges of a transforming environment?

Course date: 
9am 13 February – 5pm 14 February 2019
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

2019 Fees TBC

Course overview

There is increasing need for enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence providers and policy-making officials in the national security community. For this to be effective, practitioners on both sides must understand the responsibilities, challenges and skills of intelligence providers and policy officials. This practical course identifies the relevant issues facing participants and their organisations.

“This was one of the most comprehensive and thought provoking programs I have attended. The calibre of the presenters and mentors was extraordinary.”

Scope and content

In this course, you will learn about the roles and functions of intelligence and policy, and what constitutes good intelligence support for decision-making. You will cover the policy and political dimensions of responding to intelligence assessments, and assess case studies of how the intelligence and policy communities have worked together (or could have collaborated better) to respond to specific issues and incidents.

The course explores the limitations of intelligence in informing policy-making and of other factors and influences in decision-making, but also examines the benefits that the contributions of intelligence and policy professionals have for those processes. It will consider the recommendations for the 2017 Independent Review of the Intelligence Community and the steps towards implementation (including the establishment of the Office of National Intelligence). Participants can expect to establish ongoing professional linkages with a diverse range of national security community representatives.

“I have been an intelligence professional for the past 15 years. What this course did for me was to allow me to put my intelligence knowledge into a related but different environment, allowing me to see how intelligence works in influencing policy, and the challenges faced by policy makers even with good intelligence at their disposal.”

Who should attend?

This course is open to officers from all national security agencies and departments who are working in either the intelligence or policy-making streams. A minimum SECRET (NV1) security clearance is required for this course.

Course information

• Two day non-residential, fully-catered program
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
• Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Please contact us at for further information and to obtain the registration form.

“I found the course to be extremely informative and balanced, considering policy as an enabler of intelligence, and intelligence as a tool to achieve policy outcomes. I was grateful for the frank and honest discussions from senior intelligence and policy professionals.”

Course convenor

Dr Ryan Young Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Futures Hub

Dr Ryan Young is the Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Futures Hub. Prior to the NSC he spent almost 5 years in strategic policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) where he worked across all areas of public policy, including cyber security, counter terrorism policy, infrastructure, innovation, school funding and early childhood education. He has a particular focus on new approaches to making effective policy decisions and integrating long-term insight and research into policy making. He has worked across multiple Departments in the Australian Public Service and has held Visiting Fellow and/or teaching positions at the University of Leipzig, Germany, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Ryan has a PhD in philosophy and logic from the Australian National University.

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