Women in National Security Course

National Security College | Professional course
Women in National Security Course


The course supports translating international research into practice. This research clearly shows that the security and equality of women is a vital factor in the sucessful security performance of the state.

Course date: 
9am 12 November – 5pm 13 November 2018
National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 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

This course will take you through the relevance of gender to national security-related policy and decision-making, implementation and practice, and the importance of ‘mainstreaming’ gender considerations. It will explore the value of women’s participation and leadership in a broad range of national security spheres. It will link theory and concept with lived reality and contemporary practice, drawing on experiences from overseas deployments and recent conflicts. You will benefit from the insights of key speakers with experience and high level involvement in Australia’s agenda on women and national security.

Scope and content

National security practitioners are aware that ‘women, peace and security’ (WPS) is an important global agenda, as is the broader topic of gender and security, including the value of women’s participation in decision-making in the security and foreign policy realms. But many feel less than well-equipped to communicate confidently about the key issues, or to implement initiatives within their own workplaces.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for practitioners in the Australian national security community, men and women, in the public and private sectors, who would benefit from an improved awareness of the relevance of gender to national security outcomes, in theory and practice.

Please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au for further information and to obtain the registration form.

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

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