The Intelligence and Policy Relationship

National Security College | Professional course
The Intelligence and Policy Relationship


Australia’s dynamic national security environment demands enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence and policy-makers to inform decision points. How can we get the most out of these relationships and meet the challenges of a transforming environment?

#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex). 2020 Dates TBC

Course overview

There is increasing need for enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence and policy-making in the national security community. For this to be effective, practitioners need to know the responsibilities, challenges and skills required to develop both good intelligence and policy.

“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 practical 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 cycle as well as the political dimensions of responding to intelligence assessments. You will 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 limits of intelligence in informing policy-making and the impact of other influences in decision-making. This includes the benefits that intelligence and policy professionals bring to these processes. It examines the impact of the 2017 Independent Review of the Intelligence Community and implementation acheivements and challenges to date (including the establishment of the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of Home Affairs).

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 organisationas 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
• Certificate of Completion provided • ANU parking permit provided
• Course Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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“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

Mr Jay Caldwell, Director Professional Studies

Jay Caldwell joined the National Security College in 2017 as the Director of Professional Studies. He has fourteen years of experience in the public service focused on national security and how central agencies can better support decision-makers. Prior to this, Mr Caldwell was an educator with Queensland’s Department of Education and the ACT’s Canberra Institute of Technology. Jay joined the NSC on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), most recently as the Senior Adviser for North Asia and Trade. Between 2014 and 2015, Jay oversaw the Department Liaison Officer team in the Prime Minister’s Office – across Prime Ministers Abbott and Turnbull. Jay was also PM&C’s Senior Adviser for Crisis Management, leading the Commonwealth’s reconsideration of the Australian Government Crisis Management Arrangements and how to secure continuity of government in a crisis. In 2010-11, Jay managed the ACT Government Cabinet Secretariat. He also led on security policy for the ACT’s Chief Minister and Cabinet Department. Jay commenced his public service career in the Office of National Assessments (ONA) and led the Open Source Centre’s Pacific team. He also worked on intelligence collection management and improving intelligence sharing with close partners. Jay’s academic qualifications include Bachelor of Education (QUT) and Master of International Relations (ANU).

Course presenter(s)

Dr Ryan Young

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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