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: Violent Extremism in the new Asian threat landscape
      • 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

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  • Conference Speakers


    Keynote: Dr Rohan Gunaratna
    Professor Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.
    Keynote topic: “Violent Extremism in the new Asian threat landscape”. Link to Abstract.

    Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, Commander of Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command, NSW Police
    Assistant Commissioner Murdoch joined the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) in 1980 and is currently the Commander, Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics (CT&ST), a position he has held since July 2014.

    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.

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