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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


8:30 am

REGISTRATION and welcome coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Escalating tensions between the US and North Korea and the threat to Australia
  • Trump era US-Australia Relations
  • Australia, the US and Regional Nuclear Politics
  • Cooperation with Canada

9:50 am

  • China’s challenge to Australia’s Regional hegemony
  • Sino-Russian mutual support
  • Aggressive Russian Foreign Policy
  • Australia’s trade dilemma

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Biological Warfare History
  • Changing Nature of the Biological Threat
  • Emerging Biological Threats
  • Biodefense Concepts
  • Biodefense Strategies Conclusions


12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:20 pm

  • Overview of key advancements within Australian defence
  • Goals and developments to ensure future stability
  • Strategic approaches to international and regional changes

1:55 pm

  • Outline of current defence science and technology operations
  • Perceived threats, contemporary issues and operation strategy an increasingly insecure world
  • Emerging trends and advancements in defence science and technology

2:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break


2:50 pm

  • Energy policy over time in Australia, in particular renewable energy policy
  • Australia’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Current policies: support for secure, reliable, affordable energy while reducing emissions

3:25 pm

  • The security implications of climate-induced migration
  • Extreme weather events and changing climate patterns:
  • Conservation strategies: how can we seek to lower the risks to
    National Security?

4:00 pm

  • The nature of the climate security threat to Australia
  • Comparative international responses to climate insecurity
  • Climate change and security planning in Australia: current responses and potential options

4:35 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks

4:45 pm

Networking Drinks

5:45 pm

End of Day One

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

9:45 am

  • Visa, passengers, cargo, compliance and the identification of border threats while facilitating legitimate movements across the border
  • Transnational crime and intelligence, as well as the capability in place, or being delivered to address border threats

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break


10:50 am

  • Recent growing trend in home grown terror attacks in Europe
  • The online influence of ISIS
  • The strategic approaches to combatting home grown terror

11:25 am

  • Why is counter-terrorism financing important?
  • How do terrorists raise, move, and use funds?
  • What is Australia doing to counter terrorism financing?
  • What more do we need to do?

12:50 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:00 pm

This session provides a view to disrupting, dismantling and
combating serious and organised cyber-crime that poses a threat
to Australia.

2:35 pm

A presentation exploring industry approaches to cyber security, government-industry relations, and the friction and difficulties garnered through a national approach to what can be both a transnational and intra-national issue.

3:10 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2595+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1495+GSTEarly Bird

* SME is defined as an organisation with fewer than 200 employees globally



Dr Dan Gerstein

Senior Policy Researcher, Washington Office, RAND Corporation USA

Portrait MAJGEN Fergus McLachlan

Major General Fergus McLachlan

Commander of Forces Command, Australian Army


Dr Alex Zelinsky

Chief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence


Deputy Secretary Maria Fernandez PSM

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 - Cyber, Intelligence and Security, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence


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

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
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Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4008

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