Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism: Analysis, prevention and response

National Security College | Professional course


This course will critically consider the implications of policy and operational responses across a spectrum from building social cohesion to the disruption of terrorist actions. 2020 Dates TBC

#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

Join us the 11-12 April to critically consider the implications of policy and operational responses across a spectrum from building social cohesion to the disruption of terrorist actions. Be updated on the terrorist threat and learn about the range of policy and operational responses. The course includes reflection on the implications arising from the terrorist attack on the Christchurch Mosque on 15 March 2019.

Scope and content

The course will consider complex policy questions along the CT/CVE spectrum, 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 emphasises the importance of an systems approach (between states, the Commonwealth, and international partners).

The course includes examining social media as a critical enabler, referencing the latest research on violent extremism, 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

Mr Brad Fallen

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery.

As Senior Adviser International Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2014, Brad was part of the small team who delivered Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Review and Strategy. He then implemented the Strategy for 18 months from the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser.

Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat between 2011 and 2014, supporting Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Abbott, and before this the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information teams from 2008 to 11. He was Defence Adviser to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, in 2000-01.

Brad studied South Pacific history at the University of Queensland before joining the Department of Defence’s Graduate program in 1988. Brad’s career in Defence focused on Australia’s regional relationships, and included three years as First Secretary (Defence) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and two years seconded to the New Zealand Government in Wellington.

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.

Professor Michele Grossman

Professor Michele Grossman stepped down in March 2017 as Director, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, to take up a new role as Professorial Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute.

Michele continues to serve as Honorary Professor of Cultural Studies in the College of Arts and Education, where she supervises PhD students and collaborates with VU colleagues on research projects. Michele continues to be available on her VU email address.

Michele earned her doctoral degree in Cultural Studies from Monash University. Her research expertise lies in cultural diversity and community engagement, particularly in the context of countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Michele’s research has a strong focus on questions of cultural identity, resources and strengths in harnessing community resilience to contemporary social challenges, including racism and discrimination, refugee resettlement, youth-police relations and social violence. She is also interested in the cultural dimensions of new communication technologies, including multimodal analysis, visual semiotics and the role of transcultural meaning-making.

Michele’s recent research has produced a series of projects, articles and reports addressing:

community perceptions of radicalisation and extremism the role of cultural identities in fostering community-based ‘resilience capital’ thresholds for community reporting to authorities the role of women and families in influencing both support for and resistance to violent extremism. These and related projects are supported by a range of government and community partners and funding organisations including:

Victoria Police Australian Federal Police Australian Multicultural Foundation Attorney-General’s Department Victorian Arabic Social Services Defence Science and Technology Group, and others. In addition to these areas of interest, Michele has over 20 years’ research experience in Australian Indigenous studies with a special focus on orality-literacy intersections in Aboriginal writing. Her book in this field, Entangled Subjects: Indigenous/Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity (external link)(Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi/Brill, 2013), was awarded the biennial Walter McRae Russell Prize for outstanding scholarship in 2015 by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Michele is an active supervisor of PhD students working on various projects relating to cultural diversity and community wellbeing. Before joining CCDW she served as Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) and as Acting Director of Postgraduate Research at Victoria University.

She has published widely in her fields of interest in journals including Cultural Studies, Meanjin, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Journal of Australian Studies and Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism.

She also engages actively in service to her profession and the broader community through membership of:

the Expert Reference Group, Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Victorian Dept of Premier and Cabinet) the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee and External Education Committee the Victorian Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s pool of experts on radicalisation leading to violence. She also serves the Australian Research Council as an Excellence in Research (ERA) and Discovery Project assessor.

Michele holds an Honorary Professorship at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic Universit

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