Australians today face an uncertain, complex and rapidly changing strategic environment. The Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University (ANU) want Australians to be well prepared to engage with and develop responses to these challenges.

Together, therefore, the Commonwealth Government and ANU have made a joint, long-term, strategic investment in the ANU National Security College (NSC) to lift national capability and deepen debate about emerging security challenges and policy options.

Now in its second decade, the College works in Australia’s national interest to develop whole-of-government and whole-of-nation security capabilities, to foster a skilled national network and communities of practice among Australian security professionals and to facilitate debate and policy contestability on national security, broadly defined.

This Charter sets out how the NSC works with the Commonwealth Government and ANU to deliver its mission. It is to be read in conjunction with relevant contractual arrangements.

The Charter was endorsed by the NSC Advisory Board in November 2021.

Download the NSC Charter (PDF 238KB)

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‘The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University’

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