Safeguarding Australia 2009

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    2009 Conference, Day 1, 5 August 2009
    9:00 Conference chair: Brett Peppler, Research Associate, Australian Security Research Centre
    9:05 WelcomeProfessor John Baird, Rector, UNSW@ADFA
    Welcome extended
    Professor Priyan Mendis, Convenor, ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia
    9:10 Implementing the National Security StatementAngus Campbell, Deputy National Security Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    9:50 Developing a National Security Resilience StrategyMike Rothery, First Assistant Secretary, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department
    10:30 Break
    Counter terrorism in an all-hazards environment Stream National Resilience StreamChair: Brett Peppler, Research Associate, Australian Security Research Centre
    11:00 The New EMA and All-Hazards Crisis Arrangements
    Tony Pearce, Director General, Emergency Management AustraliaPresentation
    Lessons from the British ExperienceAlastair McAslan OBE, Director of the Humanitarian Resilience Centre, Cranfield University
    11:30 Public Health Responses to Terrorist ThreatsProfessor Alison Jones, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, University of NewcastlePresentation Resilience: A State of Being
    Jason Brown, National Security Director, THALES Australia
    12:00 Culture and Leadership Issues in the New National Security EnvironmentProfessor Peter Leahy AC, Director, National Security Institute, University of CanberraPresentation Building Community ResilienceProfessor Paul Arbon AM, Chief Commissioner, St John’s Ambulance AustraliaPresentation
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 All Hazards Approach to Risk AssessmentMark Stewart, Director, Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, University of NewcastlePresentation Dealing with Mental Health and Resilience
    Professor Beverley Raphael, Chair of the National Mental Health Disaster Response CommitteePresentation
    2:00 A Regulatory Approach to Minimising the Likelihood of Radioactive Material Being Used for a Radiological Dispersal Device in Australia
    Peter Ellis, Senior Radiation Security Advisor, Australian Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
    Legislating Resilience: The Victorian Experience
    Michael Tafe, Defence and National Security Practice, Booz & CompanyPresentation
    2:30 National Cyber-Security Challenge: Thoughts on Policy ImplicationsMike Clifford, Chair of the Research Steering Committee of the Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking Building Communities of Interest: TISN Resilience Community of InterestDavid Parsons, Manager, Sydney Water’s Security and Emergency Risk Management Unit and Chair, National Water Sector Critical Infrastructure Assurance Advisory GroupPresentation
    3:00 Break
    3:30 Vulnerability, Pre-emption and Resilience: Defining the Strategic Vocabulary of the Emerging Security EnvironmentDr Paul Monk, Director, AusThink ConsultingPresentation
    4:10 A Trans-National Company’s Response to an International Terrorism Incident
    Jason Brown, National Security Director, THALES Australia
    4:25 Jemaah Islamiyah: A renewed struggle?Dr Carl Ungerer, Project Director, Australian National Security, Australian Strategic Policy InstitutePresentation
    4:50 Summary and CloseDr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    6:30 Welcome Drinks
    7:30 Keynote Dinner Speaker
    General Victor (Gene) Renuart Jr., Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
    Dinner Sponsor – Point Trading Group

    Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (UNSORTHCOM)
    U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established Oct. 1, 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DoD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. USNORTHCOM anticipates and conducts Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.

    General Renuart has served as the U.S. Central Command Director of Operations, wherein he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction operations for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, where he was responsible for Air Force and Air Component Command activities for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.  The general has flown combat missions in operations Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Northern Watch and Southern Watch.

    Tony Pearce, Director General, Emergency Management Australia
    Tony Pearce commenced his appointment as Director General – Emergency Management Australia in August 2006 after having spent 27 years in the intelligence and emergency management sectors. He spent 9 years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an Intelligence Analyst before commencing with the emergency services. After leaving the RAAF he spent twelve years with Ambulance Service Victoria in senior operations management positions responsible for emergency management and major incident response planning functions and is a qualified Paramedic.

    Two and a half years in the position of Deputy Chief Officer of the Victoria State Emergency Service preceded a move to the role of Director Emergency Management and Security in the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner in Victoria in July 2003.

    Tony holds an Associate Diploma of Health Science, a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Emergency Management, a Graduate Diploma in Management and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Melbourne University.

    He is the President of the Oceania Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a member of the US Board of the IAEM, Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management and an Advisory Board Member to the Research Network for a Secure Australia.

    Mike Rothery, Ag First Assistant Secretary, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney General’s Department
    Mike heads the National Security Resilience Policy Division created in March 2009.  The Division is responsible for policy, legislation, advice and programs related to developing national resilience to the full range of natural and human made hazards, including the areas of critical infrastructure protection, chemical, electronic and identity security, and protective security policy.  In this position Mike chairs the E- Security Policy and Coordination Committee and the Protective Security Policy Committee.

    Prior to this Mike headed up the Emergency Management Policy and Liaison Branch of Emergency Management Australia, the E-Security Policy and Coordination Branch and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Branch from December 2004.  Since joining the Attorney-General’s Department in 1995 Mike has worked on counter terrorism policy & training, e-security and secure communications.

    Mike is a panel member of the National Centre for Security Standards of Standards Australia, a member of the Advisory Board to the Defence and Security Applications Research Centre (UNSW@ADFA), and is chair of the Advisory Board of the Research Network for a Secure Australia.

    Athol Yates, Executive Director, Australian Security Research Centre
    Athol Yates specialises in analysing policy and programs related to domestic national security, principally critical infrastructure protection, the protection of the built environment, and harnessing industry and research communities to enhance the security of Australia.

    His current research areas of interest include:

    • adapting infrastructure and the broader built environment to climate change
    • the nexus between security, business continuity, resilience, emergency management and safety
    • non-traditional threats – influenza pandemic, climate change and energy security
    • critical infrastructure protection policy
    • the role played by the private sector in enhancing national security
    • the use of military forces for domestic emergencies

    Athol’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, GradDip Soviet Studies, and Masters of Public Policy. He is the editor of the National Security Practice Notes, and editor of the 3 volume pandemic influenza history series.

    Brett Peppler, Research Associate, Australian Security Research Centre and Managing Director, Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd
    Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd is an independent, Canberra-based consultancy specialising in the knowledge demands of strategic planning. A key client challenge in strategic planning is the management of uncertainty in decision making. This challenge is best met by employing forward-looking, adaptive strategies, and growing organisational capacity for business strategic planning can be enhanced through tailored and targeted training solutions.

    Brett Peppler has over 28 years experience in the strategic planning field, including appointments and professional development opportunities in the United States of America, Europe, New Zealand, and throughout south-east Asia. Brett has extensive experience as a manager, analyst, facilitator, trainer, educator and futurist, including personal responsibility for coordinating corporate analytical programs, and the technical direction of analytical teams.

    Professor John Baird, Rector, UNSW@ADFA
    John Baird was born and raised in Brisbane. Following his matriculation, he spent five years as a stockman in the Northern Territory and Cape York. He then moved to Canberra and enrolled at the ANU where he studied science. After graduating with a BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Physics specialising in hypersonics, he was appointed Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the UNSW Faculty of Military Arts, Duntroon where he taught courses in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. In 1984, he transferred to the University College, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). His research interests included hypersonics and the engineering applications of optical systems.

    In the late 1980s, in partnership with a US wind tunnel manufacturer and a German energy company, Professor Baird was responsible for the design of the world’s largest free piston shock tunnel facility (the HEG) for the German research organisation DLR, in Goettingen. The HEG became the key ground testing facility for the European Space Agency re-usable launch vehicle programs in the 1990s.

    In 1990 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1991 he was appointed Head of the then Department of Mechanical Engineering at ADFA. Over the following decade, Professor Baird led the introduction of the Aeronautical Engineering programs at the Academy. His research work included the use of holography to detect fatigue cracking in aircraft structures. This work received substantial funding from the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA.

    During his time at ADFA Professor Baird maintained an active national and international consultancy primarily in laser safety, and gas dynamics. Major clients have included FluiDyne Engineering Corporation of the USA, Interatom Gmbh of Germany, BAE Systems (UK and Australia), Visiboard, Telstra, and the Department of Defence.

    In 2001 Professor Baird was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the ANU. Under his leadership, the Faculty expanded its postgraduate programs from one to five. These changes, together with a vigorous national and international marketing program, increased the number of international students in the faculty fourfold. At the same time the Faculty staff numbers expanded by 70% and the Faculty’s research income more than doubled.

    Professor Baird was appointed as the Rector of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) on 20 September 2004.
    Professor Baird is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of the Board of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.

    Professor Priyan Mendis, Convenor, ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia
    Professor Priyan Mendis is the Convenor of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia. He is also the Head of the Advanced Protective Technology for Engineering Structures Group (APTES, at the University of Melbourne. He has written more than 150 papers on protection of infrastructure. Priyan worked as a Consulting Engineer with Connell Wagner Ltd. before joining the University in 1991.

    Angus J. Campbell, Deputy National Security Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Mr Campbell was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser (DNSA) on 30 March 2009. As the DNSA, in the recently formed National Security and International Policy Group (NSIP), Mr Campbell supports the National Security Adviser in the provision of advice to the Prime Minister on all national security and international policy issues.

    Mr Campbell joined the Australian Public Service in late 2005 and was, until December 2008, head of the Office of National Security in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In this role he was responsible for overseeing advice to the Prime Minister on national security issues, coordinating the development of whole of government national security policy and supporting the work of the inter-jurisdictional National Counter Terrorism Committee.

    Mr Campbell previously served in the Australian Army. In his military career he served in parachute infantry and Special Forces units and commanded a battalion group in East Timor. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University.

    Professor Alison Jones, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, University of Newcastle
    Professor Jones is a Professor of Medicine and Clinical Toxicology at the University of Newcastle and Clinical Academic specialist in general medicine and clinical toxicology at Calvary Mater Newcastle and specialist to the Poisons Information Centre in Sydney. She is the Head of the Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University. Professor Jones is involved in the design and implementation of collaborative research programmes in chemical toxicology, clinical toxicology, security and medicine. Formerly, Professor Jones was the Director of the National Poisons Information Service Centre in Guy’s Hospital, and was involved in managing chemical incidents in London.

    Professor Jones is advisor to the NSW Department of Health on toxicology concerns and is responsible for providing education and toxicology advice to clinicians. She is a member of the NHMRC expert lead advisory (having advised after the lead pollution problem in Esperance, WA), a Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. She is a reviewer for the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Lancet and Clinical Toxicology publications. Professor Jones has an established international reputation in research in medicine and clinical toxicology. Professor Jones contributes nationally and internationally to toxicology, pharmacology and medicine. She is the convener of the postgraduate training programs in clinical toxicology and is heavily involved in the development of the public health initiatives across Australia.

    She has recently been appointed as Dean-Elect at the School of Medicine University of Western Sydney and takes up position in September 2009.

    Professor Peter Leahy, Director, National Security Institute, University of Canberra
    Peter Leahy retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37 year career as a soldier. Peter concluded his career in the Army with the rank of Lieutenant General in the appointment of the Chief of Army. He served in this appointment for 6 years. His period of command was marked by the continuous global deployment of Australian soldiers on high tempo, complex and demanding combat operations. His focus was to enlarge the Army and provide a hardened and networked force with increased adaptability and flexibility.

    Since leaving the Army Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the foundation Director of the National Security Institute.

    Professor Mark Stewart, Director, Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, University of Newcastle
    Mark Stewart is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Stewart has expertise in uncertainty modelling and probabilistic risk assessment of engineering and other systems when exposed to a range of man-made and natural hazards. Current work focuses on the quantification of security risks and the cost-effectiveness of aviation security and other counter-terrorism measures. He has written a text on probabilistic risk assessment and published over 200 technical papers and reports.

    Peter Ellis, Senior Radiation Security Advisor, Australian Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
    Peter joined ARPANSA’s Policy and Source Security Unit (PSSU) in March 2005 to assist in the preparation and implementation of the Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources. Prior to March 2005, his experience with T4 Protective Security included advice to ARPANSA, ASNO and ANSTO on nuclear security, including the security systems design for the OPAL Research Reactor and the design of ANSTO’s new front entrance facility.

    Peter previously served 21 years in the Australian Army in the Royal Australian Engineers and 18 years with T4 Protective Security. He has been practicing and teaching Security Risk Management since 1990.

    Michael Clifford AM. CSC., Senior Defence Adviser – Asia Pacific, IBM Australia
    Michael is a member of the IBM Global Business Services’, Global Defence Team with specific responsibility for managing IBM’s business engagement with the Defence and National Security Sectors across the Asia Pacific region across IBM businesses in the Defence and National Security Sectors in the Asia Pacific.

    After 31 years in the Australian Regular Army, where he reached the rank of Major General, Michael transferred to the Army Reserve and moved to the private sector as Managing Director of a start-up company for General Dynamics. Other senior appointments in Michael’s career include: Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force during Australia’s Operations in East Timor 1999 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Strategic J6 and a Divisional Head within the Chief Information Officer Group responsible for operational ICT.

    Michael saw operational service in the Middle East and Somalia. Michael is a graduate of the Command and Staff College, Queenscliff (1991), the Joint Services Staff College (1998) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2001). His tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts from Queensland University, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Monash University and a Master of Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales. He has also undertaken post-graduate studies in business and public policy at the Harvard Business School and the Australian National University.

    Alastair McAslan OBE, Director of the Humanitarian Resilience Centre, Cranfield University
    For the past ten years Alastair McAslan has been involved in the development of policy and management systems in post-conflict situations and for countries prone to natural disasters.  During his time with Cranfield University the unit has increased its core staff and budget significantly to meet its broader responsibilities in mine action and disaster management. His particular interests are in strategic planning, and the development of systems and processes to assist managers in the humanitarian and development sectors, and the development of national Resilience capabilities.

    Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia
    Jason Brown is the National Security Director for the Thales Australia. He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales Australia and those in the community that it supports. He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws governing security of ordnance and promulgation and auditing Thales Australia security risk management policies and processes.

    Jason has 27 years previous experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments.

    He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions. Including:

    • Member of the National Centre for Security Standards.
    • Member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council – Australia
    • Regional Vice President ASIS International, Member of ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission.
    • National Convenor – Special Interest Group on Security for the Risk Management Institution of Australasia
    • Member Research Network for a Secure Australia, Advisory Board.
    • Advisor to the Export Control Forum of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council

    Professor Paul Arbon AM, Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance
    Paul is a Member of the Board of Directors of St John Ambulance Australia and the current Chief Commissioner of St John in Australia. In this role he has maintained active involvement in emergency care and disaster preparedness including completion of projects to evaluate the Commonwealth’s Triage Education Resource Book and the development of the Rural After Hours Triage Education Resource.  Paul is recognised internationally for his research on mass gathering medicine.

    Professor Beverley Raphael, Chair of the National Mental Health Disaster Response Committee and Taskforce
    Prof Beverley Raphael is Professor of Population Mental Health and Disasters, University of Western Sydney and Professor of Psychological Medicine at Australian National University.
    She is also Chair of the National Mental Health Disaster Response Committee and Taskforce; Expert Mental Health Member and adviser to Australian Health Protection Committee.
    She is an internationally recognised expert in the mental health aspects of trauma, grief, disasters and terrorism and has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation, and to Australian and other governments. She coordinates mental health response for disaster and terrorism for Australia, nationally and regionally.

    Michael Tafe, Defence and National Security Practice, Booz & Company
    After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Michael spent 13 years as a Cavalry Officer in various Regimental appointments in the Australian Army, including operational service in East Timor. After discharging in 2004, Michael spent two years as Senior Projects Manager, Security, for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, before completing a number of private consulting engagements back to State and Federal governments on counter-terrorism policy regulation. At the end of 2007, he joined Booz & Company (previously Booz Allen Hamilton), as a member of their global Defence and National Security Practice.

    David Parsons, Manager, Emergency Management and Security, Sydney Water
    David is the Manager of Sydney Water’s Emergency Management and Security Unit. Within this portfolio David has responsibility for Emergency Management, Operational Continuity and Security. Prior to commencing at Sydney Water David served as the District Emergency Management Officer for Central West NSW where he was awarded a Ministerial commendation for his efforts.

    Following September 11 David established the Water Services Infrastructure Assurance Advisory Group within the Australian Government’s Trusted Information Sharing Network. He has held the position of chair since inception and is a member of the national Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council. David is also the chair of the National Organisational Resilience Community of Interest.

    David holds a number of advisory positions including Advisory Board Member to the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness and editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. David is a visiting lecturer at the Emergency Management Institute and the University of New South Wales. David has presented at fourteen international conferences in the areas of Critical Infrastructure Protection, .Business Continuity Management, Crisis Management and Organisational Resilience.

    For the past thirty years David has been an active member of the Blue Mountains State Emergency Service. David is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, a Board Member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (Oceania Region) and member of both the Disaster Recovery Institute and Business Continuity Institute.
    David holds degrees in Social Science (Emergency Management) and Education.

    Dr Paul Monk, Principal Consultant, Austhink Consulting Pty Ltd
    Dr Monk is one of the founders of Austhink Consulting (, a niche firm specializing in business and policy decision architectures, the analysis of competing hypotheses and reasoning in the law. He has a PhD in International Relations and is a former senior intelligence analyst with D.I.O. where he headed China analysis in the mid-1990s.
    He is the author of several books, including Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China (2005). He is a well known essayist and commentator in the serious press, on radio and television. His latest book is The West in a Nutshell: Foundations, Fragilities, Futures (2009).

    Dr Carl Ungerer, Director, National Security Project, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    Dr Ungerer is the Director of the Australian National Security Project for ASPI. Prior to joining ASPI in January 2008, Dr Ungerer was a lecturer in international relations at the University of Queensland. His previous appointments include: Foreign Affairs and National Security Advisor to the Leader of the Australian Labor Party (2002-2004), senior Strategic Analyst in the Office of National Assessments (1999-2002) and a policy officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1993-99).

    Dr. Ungerer has published widely on foreign policy and national security issues, including: Neighbourhood Watch: The Evolving Terrorist Threat in Southeast Asia (ASPI 2008 with Peter Chalk) and Australian Foreign Policy in the Age of Terror (edited, UNSW Press, 2008).

    Dr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    Anthony Bergin is the Director of Research Programs for ASPI. He is responsible for the Institute’s research and publications programs on defence and international security issues. Dr Bergin was most recently Associate Professor of Politics, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra.

    From 1981-1985 he taught political science at the Royal Australian Naval College. From 1991-2003 he was the Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC). He is the author and editor of a number of important works including Future Unknown: the terrorist threat to Australian maritime security (ASPI, 2005), Naval Power in the Pacific (Westview, 1993), and The Pacific Patrol Boat Project: a Case Study in Defence Cooperation (ANU, 1994). He has written extensively on a wide range of national security and ocean policy issues.

    Trevor Carlyon, Executive Director, Lifeline Community Care Queensland
    Trevor Carlyon (B.Sc., Dip.Psych., M.App. Psych.) is currently Executive Director of Lifeline Community Care Queensland, a community service agency of 2500 staff, 4800 volunteers and $130m revenue. Prior to this he was Executive Director of Kids Help Line. Trevor has worked in child protection, mental health, juvenile justice and adult corrections reform and private practice consulting environments. He has been an Assistant Director- General and has served on a number of non-government organisation boards.

    He is strongly committed to the principles of client centred practice and has some experience in engaging corporate partners (Kellogg, Optus and Xstrata) in this mission. He has been a judge for the Queensland Premier’s Excellence in Public Sector Management awards, a member of the Queensland Compact Governance Committee, a Visiting Fellow at ANU, a Business Fellow at University of Queensland and has a long term interest in partnering between the public sector and NGO’s.

    Bruce Turley, Strategic Clinical Advisor, Lifeline Australia
    Bruce is Strategic Clinical Advisor to Lifeline’s national service development team. As a counselling psychologist, Bruce’s professional focus has centred on training program development, policy and practice issues in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. His knowledge of Crisis Support theory and practice equips him with perspectives on how community disaster recovery and resilience strategies can be strengthened through crisis response services. He has previously served as Manager of Lifeline Melbourne and on several Commonwealth Government committees associated with the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

    Dr. Marc Siegel, Commissioner, Global Standards Initiative, ASIS International
    Dr. Marc Siegel is the Security Management Systems Consultant heading the ASIS International Global Standards Initiative. He represents ASIS International at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and at regional and national standards forums. He works with ASIS International and national standards bodies on five continents to develop international resilience, security, preparedness, and continuity standards as well as provides training on their implementation. He is a RABQSA International certified Security Management Systems Lead Auditor and Trainer for the ISO 28000.

    Dr. Siegel serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business Administration and the Master’s Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State University.

    Richard Johnson, General Manager, Lifeline Community Care Queensland
    Richard Johnson has been working as a community worker and counselor for almost 20 years. In the last 12 years he has been a Director/General Manager with Lifeline Community Care Qld. Richard first became involved in Psychological First Aid in the days when critical incident stress debriefing was considered the therapy of choice for people affected by emotional and psychological trauma.

    Richard has coordinated the counseling services for community recovery operations in a number of major disasters (Childers Backpackers Fire, Emerald floods, Mackay flash floods, Qld Tilt Train derailment, Brisbane storms), as well as significant critical incidents that have affected entire communities. A tremendous amount of research has been done over the past 12 years which has led Richard to embrace the Psychological First Aid model as current best practice. Richard has recently developed a nationally accredited training course in Psychological First Aid which equips professionals and non-professional to be more effective in overcoming the helplessness that grips individual and communities following a disaster.

    David Templeman, Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)
    David Templeman completed six years (2000/2006) as Director General of Emergency Management Australia (DGEMA), the Federal Government’s agency with responsibility for reducing the impact of natural, technological and human-caused disasters on the Australian community. As DGEMA, he was a member of the Australian Health Protection Committee, the National Counter Terrorism Committee, the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council and the Australian Emergency Management Committee.

    David played a central role in the whole of government response to many major emergencies in Australia and the region, including bushfires, extreme storms, cyclones, earthquakes and floods, including critical infrastructure failures. He also coordinated the Australian Government’s emergency management response to international crises such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States; the Bali, Madrid and Jakarta embassy bombings; Australia’s response to the tsunami in South East Asia and the London bombings in 2005. David contributed to national health emergency planning issues such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic in 2003, and more recently Avian Flu pandemic arrangements.

    David is now the Chief Executive Officer of a national peak not-for-profit organisation in community services and preventive health. He is a senior volunteer member of St John Ambulance Australia, combined with other advisory roles in security and emergency management.

    Dr Peter Rogers, Director of Bachelor of Social Sciences, Macquarie University
    Peter Rogers has been involved in research on civil contingencies, urban regeneration and minority participation since 2000, graduating his PhD at Newcastle University in 2005. Recent publications include work on anti-radicalisation policy, civil contingencies and emergency management in the UK. His forthcoming book will address how changes to concepts of security and government throughout history underpin the current ‘all-hazards’ approaches to integrated emergency management. He is currently a lecturer in the Sociology of Law and Director of Social Science at Macquarie University, Sydney.

    Peter Kueffer, Clinical Director, Victoria State Emergency Service
    Peter is a practicing Psychologist and Clinical Director of the Victoria State Emergency Service, based in Victoria, Australia. In this role he provides psychological services including early intervention, assessment, counselling and referral as well as having responsibility for the Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Support program As a CISM trainer he has trained entry level and practicing Emergency Service Peers and as a practitioner has conducted numerous group and individual interventions. He also presents at professional forums and consults to organizations in the development and maintenance of CISM/Peer Support programs.

    Having spent over 16 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Peter is in a unique position of being able to approach Critical Incident Stress Management from a users as well as a practitioner’s perspective.

    Tony Ralph, Principal, RFM Consulting Services
    Tony is a partner in the Brisbane based RFM Consulting Services. RFM consults on disaster and emergency management for government and major corporations, developing policies and plans, and facilitating exercises and simulations. RFM also conducts briefs on topics such as pandemic planning, counter-terrorism and climate change. These experiences have led RFM to focus on how organisations can become more resilient in the face of emerging threats.

    Tony was formerly the Executive Director of a rubber manufacturing company; and had a 25 year career in the Australian Regular Army. His tertiary qualifications are in Business Administration (MBA) and Defence Studies (M Def Stud).

    Don Williams, CPP MIExpE, IABTI, ASIS International and Research Associate, Australian Security Research Centre
    Don Williams holds qualifications in Security Management, Security Risk Management as well as Project and Resource Management. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (International) and consults on strategic security analysis. Based on his security qualifications and over 20 year’s experience as a bomb technician in the Australian Army, including three years at the Australian Bomb Data Centre, Don was appointed the Bomb Risk Manager for the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics. He is a member of the Venue Managers’ Association and the Institute of Explosive Engineers and is the Australian Chapter Director of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.

    Barry Archer, Director, Regional Risk, Jones Lang LaSalle
    Barry is the Manager of two companies Australian Rescue and InteRisk. He is a past President of the Safety Institute of Australia, a member of The Australian Security Industry Association, and a foundation member of the Construction Safety Officers association and has represented many employer and employee organisations during the development of the OHS laws in Australia.
    Barry has qualifications in OHS, Risk, Quality, Auditing, Electrical Engineering and Electrical trades

    He has over 20 years experience in managing property Risks and sits as a member of the PCA National Risk Committee; and represents on Mass Gatherings his expertise lays in the strategic implementation of Risk tools and the management of Risk.

    His area of operational expertise extends to all countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region and covers around $65 Billion in property assets in all sectors of the industry.
    Barry has been part of the development process for OHS legislation in Australia since the middle 1970s and currently sits on several Australian and New Zealand Standards panels, as well as various legislative, Security/Terrorism and Industrial working groups.

    Prior to working in this business Barry was employed by Lend Lease as their National Risk Manager, specifically in Lend Lease Property Management, before that he was the International Risk Manager for London based BICC and Metal Manufacturers, in his trade and engineering capacity he was a Commissioning Engineer with Honeywell.

    Rita Parker, Principal Consultant, ISSR
    Rita Parker is a strategist and facilitator who has held senior executive positions in the public and private sectors including as the Chief Operations Officer for an industry association and as representative for several years for a State Government in Canberra. She is currently Principal Consultant for I§R.

    Rita has expertise and in the areas of issues management, strategic advice, exercise management and corporate resilience. She has a well established background in national security including as Senior Policy Advisor in the former Office of Security and Intelligence Coordination. Rita was National Strategic Manager for the largest national counter terrorism exercise and an expert advisor to the Department of Health and Ageing for its national pandemic influenza exercise. She also led the development of the aviation security capability framework for the Office of Transport Security.

    Rita holds a Masters of Business Administration.