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National security

Report

Report of the Inquiry into national security risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector

This inquiry report makes 27 recommendations to address the serious threats posed by foreign interference to Australia's most critical research institutions. The recommendations are targeted at securing sensitive, taxpayer-funded research and protecting student safety on campus.
Report

Government procurement: a sovereign security imperative

This inquiry into procurement practices for government-funded infrastructure examines the context of the 'infrastructure pipeline' and industry’s capacity to deliver, while focusing on the role for federal government procurement in the planning, coordination and delivery of infrastructure projects.
Report

Agenda for change 2022: shaping a different future for our nation

This publication is being released in anticipation of a federal election as a guide for the next government within its first months and over the full term. This 2022 agenda acknowledges that an economically prosperous and socially cohesive Australia is a secure and resilient Australia.
Strategy

Australia’s counter-terrorism strategy 2022

Terrorism and violent extremism in all forms represents a serious threat to Australia’s national security. This strategy outlines the framework in which governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and the community will work together to unite against the harms of terrorism and violent extremism.
Guide

Big data and national security: a guide for Australian policymakers

Data abundance, digital connectivity and ubiquitous technology are redefining national security and the way governments protect individual rights and freedoms. This analysis examines Australia’s policy options in a world defined by big data.
Discussion paper

National data security action plan: discussion paper

This discussion paper focuses on policy settings for state and territory governments, businesses and the broader economy and is seeking views as to how the Australian Government can best achieve data security uplift at a national level.
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.
Book

Taking the low road: China's influence in Australian states and territories

This publication explores the changing nature of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) engagement with Australian states and territories, local governments, city councils, universities, research organisations and non-government organisations nested in Australian civil society.
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...
Report

What is AUKUS and what is it not?

This paper sets out what AUKUS is—a technology accelerator that is about shifting the military balance in the Indo-Pacific. Just as importantly, it also sets out what AUKUS isn’t, to reset some of the discussion. It also proposes a simple performance metric for AUKUS implementers...