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The Australian National University

Maritime Security

Royal Australian Navy vessel

Australia’s maritime security architecture and international legal norms lead into discussion on current issues such as security in the South China Sea, a region where diplomacy and Australian interests intersect with strategic rivalry, competing claims and the freedom of navigation.  You will also gain a greater understanding of contemporary transnational security threats such as piracy, terrorism, weapons proliferation, drug trafficking and illegal fishing. You will also gain insight into some of the practicalities of naval and maritime activity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Course scope and content

This course will address the following issues:

  • Australia’s domestic maritime security priorities:protection of sovereign rights in our maritime zones;our border, society and values. Reliance on the seafor trade and critical infrastructure
  • Australia’s maritime security architecture, assets, department/agency responsibilities
    Naval perspectives on maritime security
  • International legal norms and maritime security
  • Maritime Security in the South China Sea: strategicrivalry, competing claims and navigation, diplomacyand Australian interests
  • Transnational security threats in the maritime domain: piracy, terrorism, proliferation, drug trafficking, illegal fishing.

Course approach

The program will be delivered as an intensive and interactive two-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 naval experts. They will have significant expertise and practical experience in the development and implementation of policies that seek to manage Australia's maritime security in the greater Indo-Pacific region.

The program will identify, through interactive discussion, the relevant and important issues facing the participants and their agencies.

Who should attend the course?

This course is suitable for officials from all departments and agencies who may be specifically involved in maritime security issues or who need a deeper understanding of this subject for their professional responsibilities.

Next date and venue

12–13 April 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.


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