Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Professional Development

Professional Development courses are short and precise: they aim to provide participants with information, skills and a more in-depth understanding of specific emerging challenges relating to national security. There are no quotas on the number of participants that organisations can nominate for our professional development courses.

Within the Professional Development stream, several series are available:

The Core Skills series responds to specific professional skills requirements for national security practitioners. These courses are designed for staff at varying career levels.

The Key Issues and Concepts series addresses conceptual frameworks or emerging challenges.

The Understanding Key Countries series is a suite of one and two day courses intended for officials at all levels (and not only country specialists) whose work involves an in-depth engagement with or knowledge of those countries important to Australia’s future.


Professional Development Course Guide



Please see below for further details and a calendar of scheduled courses.

Program name

Cyber Security Challenges and Opportunities

APS5 – EL2

28-29 March 2017

The Relationship between Intelligence and Policymaking

EL1 – EL2

21-22 March 2017

Strategy Planning and Implementation in National Security Policymaking APS6 – SES1


Risk Management for National Security Professionals

EL1 – EL2

17-18 October 2017

Issues and Concepts

Countering Violent Extremism
Nuclear Policy and Security
Maritime Security
Great Powers in the Indo-Pacific
Counter Terrorism

Climate Change and National Security





8-9 February 2017
12-13 April 2017
27-28 June 2017
11-12 July 2017
27-28 April 2017
24-25 October 2017

6-7 June 2017

Understanding Key Countries Series:

Understanding China
Understanding Indonesia
Understanding Japan
Understanding USA
Understanding India
Understanding Russia
Understanding the Korean Peninsula
Understanding Papua New Guinea




19-20 April 2017
6 April 2017
25-26 July 2017
3-4 May 2017

Registering your interest

To register your interest in any of our courses, please email . In your email, please identify:

  • the program(s) of interest
  • whether you are resigstering personally or have in principle agreement from your organisation
  • if you are using a personal email account, an organisational email address at which you can be contacted.

The NSC also develops specifically tailored programs to meet client requirements. Enquires from interested organisations should be directed to and include contact details for a person in your organisation with whom we can discuss your requirements. 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 61256484.

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:  28 April 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College