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15th Annual National Security Summit

This year’s Summit will be a high level policy-driven dialogue with a theme and focus on ‘Policy, Coordination & Stability’

29-30 August 2017 | Hyatt Hotel Canberra

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Defence, Government, SME and Academia rates available - see pricing below


In light of recent terror attacks, both in Australia and around the world, national security has never been more pressing. As a country we face many threats. Australian foreign policy is influenced by rising global instability. At home, cyberattacks are becoming more aggressive.

And the need to protect ourselves against home-grown insurgents and secure critical infrastructure has never been greater.

This year’s, 15th annual National Security Summit will be themed: Policy, coordination and stability. It will review Australia’s role in peace-keeping, assess the key advancements in Defence capability, and look at the connection between border protection, immigration, and terrorism.

This policy-driven agenda will feature keynotes from the principal government agencies, in-depth analysis from leading academics and esteemed think-tanks, and international perspectives on issues such as biological threats, and human security.


  • Border security, human security and the Asia-Australian migration security nexus
  • Counter-terrorism and strategic policing
  • Defence strategy and capability
  • International security and regional stability
  • Peacekeeing operations
  • Cyber security
  • Biosecurity
  • Climate security
  • Foreign trade, investment and diplomacy
  • Privacy and surveillance


Dr Dan Gerstein

Senior Policy Researcher, Washington Office, RAND Corporation USA

Major General Fergus McLachlan

Commander of Forces Command, Australian Army

Dr Alex Zelinsky

Chief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence Group

Maria Fernandez PSM

Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Capability, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Professor John Blaxland

Acting Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Professor Matt McDonald

Associate Professor International Relations, Queensland University

Rajiv Shah

Director – Government, BT Security

Simon Norton

Analyst: Strategic Policing & Law Enforcement Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan

National Manager Organised Crime and Cyber, Australian Federal Police

Fiona McLeod SC

President, Law Council of Australia

Jay (Jiyoung) Song

Senior Lecturer, Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne (July 2017-) and Global Ethics Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, U.S.A

Professor Matthew Sussex

Associate Professor/Non-resident Fellow, ANU National Security College/Lowy Institute for International Affairs

Emeritus Professor Will Steffen

ANU and Climate Council of Australia

Sylvia Windya Laksmi

Indonesian Terrorism Financing Researcher

Jo Evans

Deputy Secretary Climate Change & Renewables Innovation, Department of the Environment and Energy

Andrew Warnes

Acting Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Security Branch, Attorney General's Department

when & where

29 - 30 Aug 2017

Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Ave
Yarralumla ACT 2600
+61 (02) 6270 1234

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Jamie Birch
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4360

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4008

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