Safeguarding Australia 2017


QT Hotel, Canberra
1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601

8.30am to 5.00pm

Safeguarding Australia 2017 - The 14th National Security Annual Summit, 3-4 May 2017, QT Hotel Canberra

UNSW Canberra is a proud supporter of Safeguarding Australia 2017.

Competing priorities, growing threats and increasing complexity will continue to present fundamental challenges to Australia’s national security agenda in the coming years.

Public and private security professionals — policy makers, practitioners and providers — will be forced to address a wide range of issues which have developed over recent decades and continue to grow, such as violent extremism, cyber threats (from lone and state actors), border control and legislation.

In coming years, they will need to also contend with the security issues inherent in societal issues, adding known-unknown dimensions to an already complex national security agenda, most notably an aging population, technology creeping into all facets of life, and diversity in the workplace reflecting an increasingly cosmopolitan society.

Safeguarding Australia 2017 will help face those challenges and shape the security agenda, by taking as its most demanding theme to date: Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity.

For over 14 years, the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), a not-for-profit network of security policy makers, professionals and academics, has gathered at the Safeguarding Australia annual national security summit, to hear from high level speakers representing both government and corporate viewpoints, exchange ideas, debate issues, and learn about techniques, cases studies and ground-breaking research, to meet the security challenges of today and the solutions for tomorrow.

In addition to briefings on current policies, trends and activities, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will go further by drawing on local and international experts to examine three overarching themes affecting the way security and risk is managed to protect the nation, namely:

  1. Innovation, exploring knowledge around technology, standards and research;
  2. Leadership, focusing on the next generation, the greying population, and education; and
  3. Diversity, in particular the role of communications as security tool addressing disparate ethnicities, genders and culture.

In addition to a pre-conference workshop currently being designed, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will begin by outlining current challenges and activities and lead into defining future directions and solutions.