SES Essential Insights

National Security College | Professional course



This intensive three-day program for senior national security decision and policy makers is designed to challenge, educate and inspire. Participants will hear from world-class experts on the most pressing national security matters of the day; and will leave with up-to-date knowledge and insights on how best to tackle key issues and lead effectively in today’s complex environment.

The four-week ‘SES National Security Development Program: Leading in Complexity’ is not a pre or post-requisite for attendance at this course. However it is ideal for those who can’t attend the long-form program or who have attended the program previously and want to keep their knowledge current. The program will be of benefit to anyone in a position in the senior executive service or equivalent in the national security community, broadly defined.

A minimum SECRET (NV1) security clearance is required.


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

National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

$3,375 (GST ex) for government, $4,050 (GST ex) open rate. Course is fully catered.

Course convenor

Mr Jon Brewer, Director Professional Studies

Jon Brewer is Director of Professional Studies at the National Security College, ANU. He is a seasoned national security professional with extensive experience within the national security community, including the Australian Defence Force.

Jon has led teams to contribute to operational and policy responses on a range of issues, including counter terrorism, foreign interference and cyber security. He has also been instrumental in building multi-agency capability in the pursuit of national security goals. He has considerable experience in facilitating an environment that promotes the sharing and use of expertise within national security contexts, and has done so with Australian and international partners.

Jon holds an Executive Master of Public Administration (ANU) and a Bachelor of Science (UNSW). Jon is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has experience as a non-executive Director within the not-for-profit sector.

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