Risk for National Security Practitioners

National Security College | Professional course
Risk for National Security Practitioners

Summary

Risk judgements are critical to informing decisions about Australia’s national security. In an age of turbulence, disruption and interconnectivity, thinking about risk in a broader, more holistic context is vital in order to successfully navigate the complexities and challenges.

Course date: 
20 September 2018
Venue: 
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: 

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

Astute risk identification, assessment and management are central to the work of Australia’s national security community. In an age of turbulence, disruption and interconnectivity, thinking about risk in a broader, more holistic context is vital in order to successfully navigate the complexities and challenges. When risk is well understood, significant unintended consequences can be identified and addressed.This course will equip you with tools and strategies to think critically about risk in the national security context.

The national security space is increasingly complex and demands upon officials to identify risks across a wide range of fields can be significant. As well as being able to identify relevant risks, national security practitioners also must have an appreciation of government and public expectations and appetite for risk (risk tolerance), and for risk mitigation measures. This program will explore how risk in national security is considered, the evolving global risk landscape, and how options often must be weighed against competing national policy priorities – to help you provide good risk advice.

Scope and content


In this course, you will explore approaches to thinking about risk and making risk judgements in the national security context. You will consider strategic risk, but also organisational (or enterprise) risk, as it is relevant to national security agencies, and reputational risk in the international and domestic contexts

In a democratic society such as Australia, national security objectives often need to be balanced with other important objectives. This course will provide you with tools to think laterally to identify risks, and to think critically about risk tolerances and competing national policy objectives, as minimising risk for one policy objective can have unacceptable consequences for another.

Key topics to be explored during this course include:

• dealing with risk in the Australian national security context
• the key types of risk relevant to national security agencies
• thinking about risk tolerance and resilience
• weighing policy options: balancing national security risk mitigation with other important policy objectives, such as the right to privacy, freedom of movement and association (civil liberties), or economic and trade priorities
• useful tools and strategies that can be employed to make better-informed risk judgements in the national security policy context.

Who should attend / target audience


This course is designed for national security practitioners and managers from the Commonwealth, states and territory governments, and the private sector. In particular, it will be beneficial for those who assess, analyse or consider risks to national security, or are responsible for developing complex policy options in the national security context

Course details


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

Places on this course are limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au.

Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment the Home Affairs portfolio, 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 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, 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)

Dr Ryan Young

Dr Ryan Young is the Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Futures Hub. Prior to the NSC he spent almost 5 years in strategic policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) where he worked across all areas of public policy, including cyber security, counter terrorism policy, infrastructure, innovation, school funding and early childhood education. He has a particular focus on new approaches to making effective policy decisions and integrating long-term insight and research into policy making. He has worked across multiple Departments in the Australian Public Service and has held Visiting Fellow and/or teaching positions at the University of Leipzig, Germany, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Ryan has a PhD in philosophy and logic from the Australian National University.

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