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National Security Institute


Security is now more than territorial integrity or a question of sovereignty. National security is no longer the sole domain of diplomats and soldiers. Security now includes our economic prosperity, our welfare and the nature of our society.

As the nature of the state changes and new threats and challenges emerge Nations are reassessing their security interests on a continual basis. Globalisation, non-state actors, the proliferation of weapons of all types, climate change, potential energy shortages and financial turmoil are forcing us to think of security in different ways.

Security is to be achieved at home and abroad and the threats and challenges to security are increasingly complex and volatile. In this environment a comprehensive and coordinated national, regional and international approach to security is required. The National Security Institute at the University of Canberra will focus on how the Nation can use all of its power and influence in a comprehensive and coordinated manner as part of a whole of Government approach to national security.


To contribute to Australia's national security as a whole-of-nation endeavour through independent research, education and training and public advocacy.


The National Security Institute will focus on the way all of the elements of power of the nation can contribute in a comprehensive and coordinated manner as part of a whole of government approach to national security. The Institute will:

  • Educate and train national security professionals in all stages of their careers,
  • Provide an umbrella organisation for a national security community at the University of Canberra Campus,
  • Coordinate a focused approach to the study of national security using the extensive resources of the University,
  • Engage in collaborative research, education and training activities, and
  • Independently research national and international issues relating to national security.

The institute will draw on the existing national security capabilities at the University of Canberra, including:

  • biometric technology
  • computer security
  • customs and border protection
  • environmental protection
  • biometrics
  • forensic science
  • health studies
  • social and economic modeling
  • forensic accounting
  • water security
  • transport security
  • emergency response