• National Security Summit


    The Financial Review’s National Security Summit will shine a light on the people, policies and problems that will shape our future.
    6 May 2020
    Hyatt Hotel Canberra

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What should Australia do to protect its safety and interests in national security, and who should we align with? What opportunities can we get behind?

This high-level, policy-driven event will assess imminent and long-term threats and their opportunities that face Australia on the home front, regionally, and in cyberspace.

With keynote addresses from the politicians charged with safeguarding our future, and the businesses that are doing it well, this is a unique opportunity to also hear from the chiefs of the key agencies responsible for the safety and security of the nation.

WELCOME RECEPTION | Sunday 24th November 2019

The AFR will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending the National Security Summit. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to come and liaise with your colleagues. This function is included in your registration.


Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Welcome Reception Address |


CONFERENCE DAY ONE | Tuesday 4th December 2018


Registration and morning refreshments


The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister For Home Affairs

Beth Mcgrath
Former Deputy Chief Management Officer, United States Department of Defense & Managing Director Deloitte

Tony Fraser
Deputy Secretary – Capability Acquisition and Sustainment (CASG), Department of Defence

Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) John Blackburn AO
Defence and National Security System Consultant & Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force

Dr Marcus Hellyer
Senior Analyst, ASPI

Prof Samantha Hepburn
Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

Jonathan Pryke
Director – Pacific Islands Program, Lowy Institute

A/Professor Alexey Muraviev
Head of Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies, Curtin University

Professor John Blaxland
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU

Ashley Townshend
Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre

Jim Molan
Former Senator for New South Wales

Linda Jakobson
CEO, China Matters

Fergus Hanson
Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre, ASPI

Katherine Mansted
Senior Advisor to the Head of Colleage – Crawford School of Public Policy – ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU

Prof Toby Walsh
Professor of Artificial Intellifence, UNSW


$1995 + GST

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Before 18 October 2019
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When & Where

6 May 2020

Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6270 1234

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Please call on 02 8585 0808.

Event Images

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To view all images from the one day summit, visit the event’s Flickr album.

Contact Us

Still have a question?

Jamie Birch
Conference Producer
02 9080 4360

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425