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Terrorism is an enduring threat in Australia and across the world. The imperative of countering terrorism now permeates the policy and operational activities of federal and state governments, law enforcement agencies, business and the community at large. This course focuses on how Australia can most effectively protect itself from terrorism in ways consistent with its democratic system and values of tolerance and openness.



You will receive a comprehensive, up-to- date overview of the nature of the terrorist threat in Australia and internationally, as well as the range of policy and operational responses. This will include insight into the roles and responsibilities of Australia’s counter-terrorism agencies and the importance of – and challenges to – partnership among the Commonwealth, states and territories, the private sector, the wider community and foreign governments.

There will be analysis of the business and methods of terrorism, how it is funded, and the impact of the ‘foreign fighters’ problem domestically and in our region. Finally, you will explore the links between counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, including processes of radicalisation, de-radicalisation and preventing radicalisation.

Course objectives

The course will identify, through interactive discussion, the relevant and important policy and implementation issues facing the participants’ departments and agencies in relation to the changing terror threat, both at home and overseas. There will be a focus on how Australia can protect itself from the threat of terror, whilst promoting tolerance and countering extremism developments through policy development and community initiatives. The topics will include:

  • policy and strategy responses to the changing terror threat
  • the roles and responsibilities of State and Federal Government , law enforcement, business and the community
  • radicalisation, de-radicalisation and preventing radicalisation
  • the business of terrorism and how it is funded
  • ensuring security for critical national infrastructure
  • policy links between counter terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE)
  • foreign fighters and the impact to the region.

Course approach

The program will be delivered as an intensive and interactiveone day course. Themes will be developed through presentations and facilitated discussion. Speakers will be drawn from the senior ranks of the public sector, academia and business. They will have significant expertise and practical experience in the development and implementation of Counter Terrorism policies.

Who should attend the course?

This course is open to APS5 – SES Band 1 officers (or equivalent) from all departments and agencies who may be specifically involved in Counter Terrorism policy development or who need a deeper understanding of this increasingly important subject for their professional responsibilities.

Next date and venue

27-28 April 2017
24-25 October 2017
National Security College
Crawford Building #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Program details

  • This is a two day non-residential, fully-catered program.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • The fee for this course is $2,110 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.


Please contact us at to register for this course.

Download the course FLYER (PDF).



The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.



Updated:  30 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College