National security

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Report

Sharper choices: how Australia can make better national security decisions

The author of this paper argues that a new national security strategy for Australia would help guide policy-makers, but strengthening the decision-making process would do more to improve the quality of national security decisions.
Report

Adequacy of Australia’s biosecurity measures and response preparedness, in particular with respect to foot-and-mouth disease and varroa mite

In this inquiry report, the Committee recommends that the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry review its food import risk frameworks to ensure that they are fit for purpose and that decisions under the frameworks are accelerated where required.
Report

'An incomplete project': Australians' views of the US alliance

The alliance with the United States remains the single most important element in Australia’s approach to managing strategic change in the Indo-Pacific. The authors of this report argue that as Australia adapts to an altered security landscape, it is more important than ever to look...
Report

Preparing Australia: designing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC)

This report argues for the establishment of an Australian Centre for Disease Control - to bring together the various elements of health protection and promotion into one organisation.
Report

Many hands: Australia-US contributions to Southeast Asian maritime security resilience

This report brings together four leading experts from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, to explore what role Australia and the United States could play in supporting more robust maritime security capabilities with their countries.
Book

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2022

The Counterterrorism yearbook 2022 unpacks the current global terrorism threat landscape, spanning the ideological and religious spectrums, from jihadism to nationalist and racist violent extremism. The authors analyse how those different forms of terrorism affect Australia and the global community and offer practical policy solutions...
Discussion paper

Riots in the Pacific: control and change

This paper provides a preliminary examination of factors in common to riot events across the Pacific region over the past 15 years.
Briefing paper

State-sponsored economic cyberespionage and the risk to nations’ prosperity

In this briefing note, the authors conclude that the threat of state-sponsored economic cyber-espionage is more significant than ever, with countries industrialising their cyber-espionage efforts to target commercial firms and universities on a grand scale.
Report

Australia’s future submarine: an explainer

This paper endeavours to identify the principal factors that need to be identified and addressed if Australia is to pursue the nuclear propulsion option for its next generation submarines. The author argues that Australia has the capacity to manage these issues, even if it cannot...
Discussion paper

Role and functions of an Australian Centre for Disease Control: consultation paper – November 2022

This discussion paper outlines the draft mission and purpose statements for an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC). It includes an outline of its potential scope of functions, examples of how it could improve public health in Australia, and principles guiding its design.
Report

Chinese coercion, Australian resilience

As bilateral relations stabilise, Australia should work to entrench its position as an indispensable supplier of key commodities to China, argues Richard McGregor in this paper.
Report

Budgets, the economy and the Defence Strategic Review

This paper addresses how Defence can not only save money when purchasing a new cadre of weaponry, but do so in a way that benefits the economy. Both issues relate to affordability which may ultimately determine the impact of the Defence Strategic Review.
Report

Marles’ Defence Strategic Review—an exploding suitcase of challenges to resolve by March 2023

Stephen Smith and Angus Houston have an enormous amount to do and almost no time to do it. Prime Minister Albanese and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles have chosen them to be the independent heads of the Defence Strategic Review. This paper sets out the...
Report

'Deep roots': agriculture, national security and nation-building in northern Australia

This report offers a multi-disciplinary analysis of the various components that make up and influence the vast and complex agriculture industry network in northern Australia. The report also examines biosecurity vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies for those vulnerabilities and their strategic and national security implications.
Strategy

National biosecurity strategy 2022-2032

The task for Australia’s biosecurity system is becoming increasingly complex, creating new challenges for governments, industry and other stakeholders in protecting Australia’s biosecurity status. This strategy document outlines a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system.
Report

Japan’s security strategy

This report demonstrates the extraordinary proactivity of Japan towards issues of regional order-building, security and defence policy, and military capability development, and teases out the implications for Australia as a closely aligned partner.
Report

Laying the foundations for AUKUS: strengthening Australia's high-tech ecosystem in support of advanced capabilities

This report argues that Australia should focus on force multipliers for the Australian Defence Force and areas that build foundations for sovereign capability. This will allow Australia to cement itself as a valuable contributor to an integrated trilateral AUKUS defence industrial base and allied supply...
Policy report

Integrity and security in the global research ecosystem

This report describes policy initiatives and actions to safeguard national and economic security whilst protecting freedom of enquiry, promoting international research cooperation, and ensuring openness and non-discrimination.
Report

Overseas crisis management and response: the effectiveness of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s management of the return of overseas Australians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s overseas crisis management and response arrangements in meeting the government’s objectives for returning Australians from overseas in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Report

Administration of Critical Infrastructure Protection policy

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Home Affairs’ administration and regulation of critical infrastructure protection policy.
Report

Australia and the Pacific: shaping a shared future

The Pacific will always be an area of great strategic significance for Australia. Peace and stability in Pacific island countries goes to the heart of Australia’s security, prosperity and national interest. This report suggests the need for Australian policy-makers to think big to achieve a...
Policy report

A regrettable necessity: the future of Australian covert action

This paper analyses the most unexamined component of Australia’s international statecraft - covert action. Such activity by intelligence agencies has become an increased focus of academic research internationally, and the paper introduces an Australian perspective to the debate.
Briefing paper

The first space-cyber war and the need for new regimes and policies

This policy brief makes the case that states should adopt national policies to defend against threats to space-based assets and applications, such as communications satellites, that are both vital to national security and economic security and increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Report

Administration of the Revised Protective Security Policy Framework

In response to recommendations in the 2015 Independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (Belcher Red Tape Review), to reduce compliance burden and to support entities to better engage with risk, the Attorney-General introduced a revised Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) on 1 October 2018. The...
Report

Maximising Australia’s memberships: recalibrating Australia’s engagement with Indo-Pacific groups

This report provides a stocktake of all Australia's Indo-Pacific strategic memberships, from the Five Eyes in 1956 up to AUKUS in late 2021. It then ranks all of Australia's group memberships by their current value and potential and recommends how to resource them.