Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism

National Security College | Professional course


Consider the spectrum of operational and policy tools from building social cohesion, to countering violent extremism, as well as how to deter, disrupt and counter terrorist planning and attacks.

Course date: 
9am 11 April – 5pm 12 April 2019
#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

Join us to critically consider the implications of policy and operational responses across a spectrum from social cohesion through to disruption of terrorist actions. Be updated on the terrorist threat and learn about the range of policy and operational responses. This is balanced with insights from the latest research and policy developments including the difficult challenges around countering violent extremism.

You will be informed by leading international researchers who are guiding policy responses. Presenters from the senior ranks of the public service, academia, the private sector and community groups will examine key policy questions in the light of social cohesion, and trends in terrorism.

Scope and content

The course will consider complex policy questions, including:

  • What constitutes violent extremism? How does this interact with terrorism, criminality, radicalisation (including in prisons) and normal dissent?

  • What is the nature and scale of violent extremism as a security threat in Australia?

  • What can Australia learn from the experience of other countries and vice versa?

  • How does CVE fit with counter-terrorism approaches?

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of state and federal governments, law enforcement, business and the community?

The course examines the latest thinking that has led to CVE-CT being conceptualised as a spectrum of activities. The course emphasises the importance of an systems approach (between states, the Commonwealth, and international partners).

The course includes examining communications as a key battlefield, referencing the latest research on Jihadist propaganda, as well as strategic communications as an offensive and defensive tool for governments. The presenters draw heavily on international and national case studies to identify what has worked and what hasn’t.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for staff at all levels involved in or requiring an understanding of CVE and CT. State and territory government officials, police force members and professionals from other private organisations dealing with CVE and CT are encourage to participate.

“The CVE course not only reflects the importance and seriousness of this vital work. As a course participant you gain a genuine understanding of where CVE currently is in the global sphere and most importantly, where it needs to go.”

Course details

• Two day non-residential, fully-catered program.
• ANU parking permit supplied.
• Course Timings 9:00am - 5:00pm

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“Comprehensive yet presented in a simple, interactive and thoroughly enjoyable manner. Of note was the quality, passion and international scope of the researchers, academics, policy makers and public servants who presented. I would highly recommended this course for anyone interested in or working within the field of CT and CVE.”

Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment from the ACIC - Home Affairs, as a Manager in the Executive and Professional Development team. Her career focus has been on intelligence, criminology and defence, in particular delivering and managing technology as an enabling capability for national security.

Sandra’s career commenced in 1990 as a serving AFP Detective before moving into intelligence management positions at the former National Crime Authority and at the NSW Police. Between 1996 and 1998, Sandra also taught theoretical criminology part time at the University of Western Sydney (undergraduate).

In 2004, Sandra helped establish and manage the first NSW Police Project Management (PM) Office. A highlight project was the establishment of the State Crime Command. This role led to broader PM experience in the private sector with a focus on technology. This included operational management at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University (under Access MQ). Sandra is accredited as a Portfolio, Programme and Projects Office (P3O) Manager and as an Agile Scrum Master.

In 2011, Sandra took up the position of Director, Air Force Improvement at Headquarters Air Command. In this position, Sandra and her team worked to improve national capability management across the RAAF Force Element Groups. In 2015, after completing the Defence Career Development Assessment Centre, Sandra transferred to Canberra under the Executive Development program. She recently returned to the criminal justice sector at the ACIC, focusing on ICT capabilities for national security. Sandra’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Government) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Social Science (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University.

Course presenter(s)

Ms Jacinta Carroll

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs.

Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq.

Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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