Maritime Security

National Security College | Professional course


Australia, as a large island nation, has substantial maritime interests to protect and critical interests in the current global and regional maritime order. But the maritime order is under increasing pressure.

Course date: 
8.30am–5pm 28 February 2018
#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).

Course overview

Australia, as a large island nation, has substantial maritime interests to protect and critical interests in the current maritime order. But that order is under pressure because of the demands for migration, trade, resource exploitation, the development of new naval capabilities, and contemporary trans-national threats (e.g. people smuggling and weapons proliferation). All of these pressures are playing out in the maritime domain, which has an increasingly high profile in geostrategic calculations in the Indo-Pacific

Scope and content

In this course, you will explore Australia’s maritime security strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as:

• Geopolitical dynamics in the maritime domain: strategic rivalry, competing claims and navigation, diplomacy and Australian interests, including in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean
• Australia’s domestic maritime security priorities: protection of sovereign rights in our maritime zones; our border, society and values; reliance on the sea for trade and critical infrastructure
• Australia’s maritime security architecture, assets, department/agency responsibilities
• Naval perspectives on maritime security
• International legal norms (the law of the sea) and maritime security
• Transnational security threats in the maritime domain: piracy, terrorism, proliferation, drug and people trafficking, and illegal fishing.

“The Maritime Security course was extremely beneficial – in particular the engagement with interested and focussed staff from a diverse range of Australian Government agencies. Adding to that, the course was facilitated by Australia’s leading practitioners and academics in the field. Highly recommend this course!”

Who should attend?

This course is designed for officials from all departments and agencies, professionals, analysts and managers who are working on maritime security issues, or who wish to gain a deeper professional understanding of this subject.

Course details

• Two-day non-residential, fully-catered program.
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied.


Places on this course are limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at

“The course was an excellent opportunity to develop and refine my thinking on maritime security, put the burning questions on my mind to a range of experts and build my networks with colleagues across government. It was an enriching, stimulating and very enjoyable course that was directly applicable to my current work.”

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