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15th Safeguarding Australia Summit 2018, Canberra

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 to Thursday, 10 May 2018 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QT Canberra, Canberra, Australia



Structuring for the future - strategic thinking for a secure Australia


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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.

Purpose of Safeguarding Australia 2018
The Safeguarding Australia 2018 conference is produced by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) a multi-disciplinary collaboration established to strengthen Australia’s research capacity to enhance the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure from natural, human-caused, or accidental disasters, and terrorist acts.
This year's summit will address developments of contemporary interagency operations and focus on the friction points created through developing an integrated strategic focus. In particular, the conference will look at breaching the gap for sharing of information/ intelligence, policy, tactics and capability. Recognising modern-day thought in breaking down self-imposed barriers, allowing us to sufficiently structure to better secure Australia.
Drawing of knowledge
Safeguarding Australia 2018 will draw on the knowledge of domestic and international experts to contextualise the current threat environment and look at the development of Security and Emergency Management structures. The conference will culminate in a strategic snap shot looking at our future direction and our ability to evolve in-line with the threat posed to our way of living.
The approach of the conference is to engage and inform Security and Emergency Management Leaders, Practitioners and Policy makers at all levels of Government and Industry on best practice today and their thoughts for the future, so we may develop our shared vision and capacity to best Safeguard Australia for our collective future.

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.

Attendee profile
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. Past attendees include: Senior representatives from security, intelligence, military and law enforcement • Risk and security managers and consultants • Agency security advisors • Critical infrastructure owners and operators • Engineers, scientists, technologists, researchers and academics • Corporate and business executives responsible for security and risk.

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Safeguarding Australia is Australia’s premier national security conference series. The annual summit is organised by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), an Australian Research Council funded research cooperative.For further information please visit

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