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Executive Development

Executive Development programs are comprehensive in scope, designed to provide a grounding across the spectrum of security issues while building enduring personal networks. These flagship offerings range from a week to four weeks in length. They are often targeted at specific cohorts of national security professionals based on experience and seniority.

These courses aim to enhance participants’ knowledge while improving their ability to operate collaboratively across organisational boundaries to meet whole-of-government and whole-of-nation policy needs. Sessions include opportunities for frank and trusted interaction with outstanding policy leaders, including on questions of career pathways. To ensure balance and diversity of participation, there are sometimes limits to the numbers of officials an organisation can nominate for each iteration of a program.


Executive Development Programs Guide



There are four types of ED courses, with each being tailored for a different audience:

Program name Level Dates
Introduction to Australia's National Security Challenges and Policy-making APS 5 – EL 1

6 - 10 March 2017
1 - 5 May 2017
17 - 21 July 2017
16 - 20 October 2017

National Security Executive Level 1 Development Program EL 1

20 February - 3 March 2017
19 - 30 June 2017*
7 - 18 August 2017

National Security Executive Level 2 Development Program


EL 2


15 May - 2 June 2017

National Security Senior Executive Development Program SES Band 1

30 October – 24 November 2017

*Program held depending on market demand.

More information

Courses are generally designed for officials, analysts, policy officers and leaders in the public sector (both Commonwealth, and the states and territories) as well as the private sector.  Private sector or state government officials wishing to nominate or enquire about nominating for a course are encouraged to contact the NSC via email.

Or telephone our nominations team on  +61 2 6125 6484.

Please read the payment, nomination and cancellation policies related to these courses.




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

Updated:  17 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College