Structuring for the future – strategic thinking for a secure Australia

    The intent of Safeguarding Australia 2018
    The diversity, increase and damage from terrorist attacks, the growth of cyber enabled espionage and criminality and the increasing concerns about foreign interference create a contemporary threat environment which calls for the need to rapidly coordinate interagency efforts to meet risks to the public.

    Across the public and private sectors of Security and Emergency Management, there is a need for practitioners to work collegiately to share information/ intelligence, policy, tactics and capability mitigating against the psychological and kinetic effects of terrorism in the shortest possible time, with minimal collateral damage, to protect national sovereignty and capability from espionage and preserve our economy and people for the cyber enhanced criminal threat.

    Through the growing prevalence of direct terrorist action, targeting mass public gatherings, our need to have pre-emptive security and emergency management structures able to coordinate an effective response has become more than just a contingency, but the way forward for contemporary security and emergency management.

    The adaptation of this threat has seen a modern need for better practices of planning for, segregation of, screening and clearing large crowds without exacerbating the risk to the public in another form. This creates complex issues with infrastructure, cost and further crosses the lines of responsibility and in turn highlights the need for interagency coordination.

    On 18 Jul 2017 the Prime Minister announced that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the Hon. Peter Dutton MP would take on the newly established portfolio of Home Affairs Minister. This new strategic focus shows the Australian Government identifies a greater need for interagency coordination and centralised control based on lessons learned from the past.

    The Home Affairs portfolio will incorporate the following:
    • a central department to oversee policy and strategic planning (referred to as the Department of Home Affairs)
    • the Australian Border Force (ABF)
    • the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
    • the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
    • the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
    • the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and
    • the Office of Transport Security (OTS), currently a division of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

    These changes create new challenges and new opportunities for reducing the risk to our nation and its allies.

    KEY TOPICS at Safeguarding Australia 2018

    • Identifying the barriers to Interagency Operations
    • Paving the way to achieve operational cohesion
    • Understanding the true security/threat environment
    • Posturing to meet the threat domestically and internationally
    • Building a structure for safeguarding Australia’s future
    • Countering espionage and clandestine foreign interference
    • Information sharing for collegiate interagency operations
    • Cybersecurity engagement nationally and internationally

    The format
    The conference commences with an industry workshop designed to illicit collective thinking towards the conference ahead. It provides industry leaders a forum to understand broader issues affecting Security and Emergency Management while allowing them an opportunity to express their own.

    The Plenary will call on the experience of government and industry leaders from domestic and international backgrounds to provide a professional perspective on contemporary operations, providing an insight into the way forward for a collective development of our the Security and Emergency Management capabilities.

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    Safeguarding Australia is the only high-level conference run by and for leading thinkers, policymakers and practitioners in the national security domain, working across whole-of-government at state and federal levels, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as engaging with corporate and private security practitioners and providers.

    Mark your diary or register now for Safeguarding Australia 2018, 15th National Security Annual Summit, 9 & 10 May,  QT Canberra.

    Program is under development, please check in for further updates

    Safeguarding Australia National Security Annual Summit series is hosted by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) a multi-disciplinary research cooperative established with Australian Research Council (ARC) funding

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