Transnational Serious Organised Crime and National Security

National Security College | Professional course
Transnational Serious Organised Crime and National Security


Join international leaders and academics for this informative two-day course to consider the issues and implications of the intersection between TSOC and national security intelligence, defence, policy and law enforcement responses.

Course date: 
9am 19 March – 5pm 20 March 2019
#132 Crawford Building, #132 Crawford Building, 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

Transnational, Serious & Organised Crime (TSOC) is sophisticated, borderless, pervasive and resilient. Join Australian and international leaders and academics to consider the implications of the emerging intersection between TSOC and national security intelligence, defence, policy and law enforcement responses. Reflect on international challenges, joint operations and lessons learned. Understand recent legislative changes, including for Home Affairs. Network with others from state, territory and federal jurisdictions.

In the last decade, geopolitical shifts, technical convergence, and the emergence of significant non-state actors (such as terrorists or ‘super fixers’), have increased the extent to which TSOC intersects with, and therefore jeopardises, Australia’s national security. This course updates participants about the current state of TSOC; investigation, intelligence and legal challenges; Australia’s response (at state, federal and international levels); and critically examines the ‘so what’ for national security and law enforcement.

Join leading Australian and international leaders and academics for an update on TSOC. Gain insight into investigative techniques and the new challenges for countering this national security threat. Understand the recent legislative changes. Network with others from state, territory and federal jurisdictions. A policy options paper will be developed from this program.

Course information

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

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Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke, Manager Course Design & Delivery

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 2015, Sandra was transferred to Canberra under the Defence 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. Sandra is currently enrolled in a Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) at the ANU NSC.

Course presenter(s)

Mr Naguib (“Nick”) Kaldas APM.

Nick Kaldas held two of the most senior roles in the NSW Police Force executive for well over a decade, serving as Deputy Commissioner and prior to that, Assistant Commissioner. He relieved as Commissioner extensively. His career as a NSW Police Officer spanned almost 35 years. NSW Police is the largest in Australasia, and one of the biggest in the English-speaking world, with over 20 thousand staff, and a budget of over $3 billion. His career has primarily been in major crime investigations and operations, including counter terrorism, protection operations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, emergency management, community policing and over a decade in homicide investigations. He was a member of the Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee for 8 years, the peak policy body dealing with Counter Terrorism in Australia. Recently, 2016-2018, he was the Director of Internal Oversight Services in the United Nations Relief Works Agency, (UNRWA) based in Amman, Jordan, leading investigations, audits and evaluation programs for a staff of more than 30 thousand, in five fields: Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, West Bank, and Jordan. He travelled extensively in all five fields. Internationally, Nick held many senior posts including the positions of Chief of Investigations in the UN/OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, (2016) leading the investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, Chief of Investigations, U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon, (2009-2010) leading the investigations into the assassinations of P.M. Hariri and 21 other assassinations, and Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq (2004-5) rebuilding the Iraqi National Police. Nick was Deputy Commissioner, NSW police Force from 2007 to 2016. He commanded up to 14K staff, and a budget of more than $2 billion. He has held responsibility for prevention, preparedness, and response to all acts of terrorism and politically motivated violence. His portfolio included Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics, Crime Command (all organised major crime squads), Major Events and Incidents Group, Forensic Services, Public Order and Riot Squads and he held the statutory position of State Emergency Operations Controller. He played a key leadership role in protection and other operations in significant national events such as the Sydney Olympics, APEC 2007, World Youth Day, Sydney 2008. Nick holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Program, their Leadership In Counter Terrorism Program, and the FBI National Executive Institute, the peak program for law enforcement executives. He has completed the Australian Institute of Police Management Police Executive Leadership program, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Program. He currently holds Adjunct Professorships with Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University in Australia. He has received numerous awards, including the Australian Police Medal, the National medal, the Overseas Humanitarian Service medal, and numerous commendations for outstanding performance of duty here and overseas.

Ms Szabina Horvath, ANU College of Law

Ms Szabina Horvath is currently a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar and has recently commenced her PhD at the Australian National University.  Her thesis topic is Australia’s extraterritorial human rights obligations with a focus on those obligations during times of armed conflict.  Szabina completed her Masters in International Law at the Australian National University in 2005 and has worked on international legal matters for the Australian Government since 2007. While with the Attorney-General’s Department she was seconded to the Office on International Law, where she worked on a variety of international legal issues, including matters of national security.  During her time with the Department of Defence she continued to be engaged in the national security matters.  Szabina has provide a range of strategic and legal advices on international, security and military law matters. As a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Szabina has participated in military exercises where she has provided tactical and operational legal advice. Szabina has also represented the Australian Government at a range of international meetings and forums, during her time with the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department.

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