Transnational Serious and Organised Crime: a borderless threat

National Security College | Professional course


This two-day program exposes participants to wide-ranging perspectives on Transnational Serious and Organised Crime (TSOC) and its increasingly pervasive impact across the national security environment and into the community more broadly. The program will consider the implications of the emerging intersection between TSOC and national security intelligence, defence, policy and response activities, and will give insight into the critical role played by states and territories in combating the threat of TSOC. It will also provide participants with access to leading experts from across the national security landscape, spanning law enforcement, the intelligence community, think tanks and academia.

Anyone who wants to better understand how TSOC manifests as a national security issue would benefit from attending this program. Participants from inside and outside government are encouraged to nominate. There is no minimum security clearance requirement.

Past presenters for this program include: experts from the Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Federal Police, Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.


Please click here to register or contact us at or on (02) 6125 2233 for further information.

Course date: 
9am 5 March – 5pm 6 March 2020
National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

$2,250 (GST ex) for government, $2,700 (GST ex) open rate. Course is fully catered.

Course presenter(s)

Deputy Commissioner Karl Kent OAM

Karl Kent OAM was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in May 2018. At the same time, Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Peter Dutton MP announced Karl’s appointment as Australia’s first Commonwealth Transnational, Serious and Organised Crime Coordinator. As the Commonwealth TSOC Coordinator, Karl’s role is to lead the national effort to combat the rapidly evolving transnational, serious and organised crime threat including child exploitation, illicit drugs, illicit firearms and money laundering.

In the AFP as Deputy Commissioner Specialist & Support Operations, Karl’s portfolio delivers technical, specialist and scientific services in support of enterprise operations and investigations activity. These services include surveillance, intelligence, forensics, information and communications technology as well as a range of technical, covert and discrete supporting capabilities.

Karl has served the community for over 30 years in Australia and overseas. He has had a distinguished career across federal and state governments, working with the AFP, Victoria Police and Attorney-General’s Department in the fields of law enforcement and national security. Karl specialises in close operational support, organisational reform, and delivery of new capabilities and services. He is a strong champion for innovation, process improvement and change.

Karl was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to the 2002 Bali bombings investigation. In 2004, Karl led an Australian Police Disaster Victim Identification team to Thailand in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. He was subsequently elected as Joint Chief of Staff during the crisis, and later awarded a Humanitarian Overseas Medal.

Karl has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and an Advanced Diploma of Forensic Investigation from the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Dr Rick Brown

Dr Rick Brown is the Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. He has been a criminologist for 30 years and has worked extensively on issues associated with crime prevention, community safety and policing in Australia, the UK and Republic of Ireland. He was previously Managing Director of a research consultancy that focused on crime and justice issues and worked as a Research Manager for the Home Office in London where he ran programs of research on vehicle crime and domestic burglary. Rick has published over 60 government reports, book chapters and journal articles on a range of issues including antisocial behaviour, arson, burglary, CCTV, community justice, drink driving, implementing crime prevention, organised crime, policing and vehicle crime. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Westminster and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) degree from Hatfield Polytechnic in the UK. Rick is also a Visiting Fellow of Policing and Criminal Justice at the University of Derby and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Safety, the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Journal and the Security Journal.

Jacinta Carroll

Jacinta Carroll 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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