Safeguarding Australia 2015

Safeguarding Australia is the premier Australian national security summit. It brings high profile speakers from government and the private sector to discuss contemporary national security challenges and responses.

The 2015 conference theme is Global Violent Extremism and addresses the re-emergence of violent and radical ideologies as a major international security threat. The theme bridges external threats, such as the Islamic State, and their links to domestic threats, such as sectarian tensions within communities, the return of foreign fighters and internationally-inspired terror plots.

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  • Safeguarding Australia 2015

    Australia , Canberra·May 13 - 14, 2015

    Early Bird Registration opens until February 28, 2015.

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  • Conference Program


    • May 13, 2015
      • 9:00 am - 9:30 amConference Opening
      • 9:30 am - 10:30 amKeynote: International Terrorism
      • 9:30 am - 10:30 amData Analysis Demonstration
      • 11:00 am - 12:30 pmInternational Threat Assessments: ISIL/ISIS and Al-Qaeda
      • 11:00 am - 12:30 pmMetadata and Predictive Analytics: Lessons from Business Techniques
      • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
      • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmFighting Overseas Terrorist Networks
      • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmSurveillance Laws and Counterterrorism
      • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmTracking Terrorist Logistics and Financing
      • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmRoundtable on Surveillance and Ethics
      • 7:30 pm - 10:30 pmConference Dinner
    • May 14, 2015
      • 9:00 am - 9:30 amDay Two Opening Address
      • 9:30 am - 10:30 amKeynote: Australia’s National Security
      • 9:30 am - 10:30 amCyber Warfare in Australia’s National Security Policy
      • 11:00 am - 12:30 pmCountering Violent Extremism and Ideology
      • 11:00 am - 12:30 pmCyber Espionage and Information Warfare

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  • Conference Speakers


    Michael Wesley
    Professor Wesley is Professor and Director of the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. Professor Wesley has published extensively and has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia.

    Dr Tim Legrand, National Security College, ANU
    Dr Legrand’s interdisciplinary research spans political science, law, international relations, security studies and public administration. His research agenda is presently concerned with the governance of security threats, international policy transfer and emergency policy and crisis management.

    Mike Smith, Former Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
    Mike Smith was recently appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as Chair of a commission to investigate alleged human rights violations in Eritrea. He previously served as the Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, the predecessor body of the Human Rights Council, and as the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

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