Transnational Serious Organised Crime and National Security

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


Deepen your knowledge at this informative two-day course on TSOC research, trends, enablers, intelligence, the terrorism nexus, and the challenges of countering an enduring and dynamic threat to national security. Join experts from the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian Intelligence Community, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Criminologists and Academics from the Australian National University.

#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). 2020 Dates TBC.

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’s career focus has been in defence, law enforcement and intelligence, in particular delivering policy, education and enabling technology to support national security. Sandra’s career commenced in 1990 as an Australian Federal Police officer before moving into intelligence management positions in the former National Crime Authority and the New South Wales (NSW) State Police Force. In 2004, Sandra established the first NSW Police Project Management Office where a highlight project was the establishment of the State Crime Command. This led to broader program management and consulting experience across the private sector, focusing on technology, education and training. This included operational management of the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. In 2015, Sandra transferred to Defence in the Australian Capital Territory with the Executive Development program and is now with the Home Affairs portfolio on secondment to the ANU NSC. Sandra’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Government) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Social Science (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University. She is also accredited as a Portfolio, Programme and Projects (P3O) Manager and as an Agile Scrum Master. Sandra is currently completing a Master of National Security Policy (Research) at the ANU NSC.

Course presenter(s)

Dr John Coyne

Dr John Coyne is the Head of the Border Security Program at ASPI. John comes to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organised crime, national security, and counter-terrorism. Over the last twenty years he has been an intelligence professional at tactical, operational, and strategic levels across a range of military, regulatory, national security and law enforcement organisations. During this period he has worked extensively in the ASEAN region, delivering a range of bilateral research projects. His more recent work in this area has focused on enhancing multilateral ASEAN information exchange regarding non-traditional illicit commodity flows. John’s Phd examined strategic intelligence in law enforcement targeting transnational serious and organised crime. He has written and published on a range of border security and intelligence issues. He has been a Winston Churchill Fellow and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow. John’s border security research interests include intelligence, private/ public sector cooperation in the border environment and integration of border security operations.

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 and John XXIII College ANU. 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. She is a member of the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network and the National Security and Terrorism Program Advisory Council, Deakin University.

Professor Roderic Broadhurst

Professor Roderic Broadhurst BA, BEd, PhD Univ.West. Aust., M.Phil Cambridge Professor of Criminology, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Fellow Research School of Asia and the Pacific A graduate of the University of Western Australia (Phd) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil) and formerly with the Department of Corrective Services and Health Service in Western Australia. Appointed Senior Fellow, Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia in 1990. In 1994 he was lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong where he was secretary and later Chair of the Hong Kong Society of Criminology. In 2005 he left Hong Kong to take a post at the QUT as Head of School of Justice, followed by visiting Professor Griffith University in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed Professor at the Australian National University Regulatory Institutions Network, Fellow of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies and Chief Investigator ARC Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security until 2013. Currently Professor of Criminology, School of Global Governance and Regulation [REGNET] Research School of Asia and the Pacific. He has worked with a wide variety of criminal justice agencies, in Australia, China and Cambodia and Directs the ANU Cybercrime Observatory. His most recent book co-authored with Thierry and Brigitte Bouhours Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 is a study: “…tracing the history of violence in Cambodia, the authors evaluate the extent to which Elias’s theories can be applied in a non-Western context. Drawing from historical and contemporary archival sources, constabulary statistics, victim surveys, and newspaper reports, Broadhurst, Bouhours, and Bouhours chart trends and forms of violence throughout Cambodia from the mid nineteenth century to the present day. Analysing periods of colonisation, anticolonial wars, independence, civil war, the revolutionary terror of the 1970s, and postconflict development, the authors assess whether violence has decreased and whether such a decline can be attributed to Elias’s civilising process, which identifies a series of universal factors that have historically reduced violence.”

Also presentations from the Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Federal Police, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Department of Home Affairs

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