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.

#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $1,300 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (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

• One-day non-residential, fully-catered program.
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
• Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm
• 2019 Course dates TBC


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.”

Course presenter(s)

Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC RAN (Retired)

Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC RAN (Retired) joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 15 year old Cadet Midshipman in 1974 and completed his full time service in the RAN in 2012. He completed a BA at UNSW in Kensington and graduated from the RAN College at the end of 1978. In addition to sea service as a junior officer around the world in units of the RAN and the Royal Navy, he commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the Australian naval task group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (twice – 2003-2006 and 2011-2012), Australia’s inter-agency Border Protection Command (2006-2008) and the Australian Defence College (2008-2011). He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of NSW at Canberra (ADFA) and a member of the Naval Studies Group formed in 2016. He is also adjunct in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), where he teaches on maritime strategy and naval history at the Australian Command and Staff College and in other ANU programmes at both SDSC and the National Security College. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. He was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University in 2015 and is a non-resident fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is a member of Australia’s Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal and of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. He was a member of the Minister’s Expert Panel supporting the development of the 2016 Australian Defence White Paper.

In addition to his BA, James Goldrick holds a Master of Letters degree from the University of New England. He was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of NSW in 2006. His books include: No Easy Answers: The Development of the Navies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Before Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters August 1914-February 1915, and, with Jack McCaffrie, Navies of South-East Asia: A Comparative Study. He has edited or contributed to more than 40 other volumes of naval history and maritime strategy, as well as to academic and professional journals, such as the British Naval Review, the US Naval Institute Proceedings and IHS Navy International. He has just completed After Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters June 1916-November 1918, which should be published by the US Naval Institute Press in 2018.

Dr Anthony Bergin

Dr Anthony Bergin is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Security College. He is also a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, having previously served as the institute’s research director and deputy director.

Dr Bergin’s professional training was in political science, law and international relations at Monash University and the ANU. Prior to joining ASPI in 2006, he was an academic engaged for 25 years in professional military education; first at the Royal Australian Naval College and then at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He led the Australian Defence Studies Centre at the academy for 12 years and taught homeland security. For four years, he served as an Adjunct Reader in International Law at the Australian National University, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Delaware. Dr Bergin has published widely in scholarly journals and policy papers on Australian foreign policy, maritime affairs and national security and is a frequent contributor to quality press publications on these issues. He regularly blogs on The Strategist and Policy Forum.

Associate Professor David Letts AM CSM

Associate Professor David Letts is Director of the Military Law Program, and one of the Co-Directors of the Centre for Military and Security Law, at the ANU College of Law. He arrived at ANU in late 2012 after a career of more than three decades in the Royal Australian Navy.

David’s research interests centre upon the application of legal regimes to military operations, and he has written on topics including military justice, law of the sea, the law of naval warfare, international humanitarian law and the legal issues which arise on peacekeeping operations.

Since joining the ANU College of Law David has been a regular public commentator on government policy which affects the legality of Australian military operations and his opinion is regularly sought by the media.

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