The CIVSEC Conference Program provides the platform for government, industry and academia throughout the region to share knowledge and experience relating the security of nations and national infrastructure.   Led by renowned Australian subject matter experts, the conference program draws speakers from around the world, providing balanced perspectives to complex regional issues.

The CIVSEC Conference program is structured to showcase exceptional thought leadership in the areas of civil security including law enforcement, cyber security, counter-terrorism, border protection, disaster management, humanitarian response, social media, major event security and critical infrastructure.

CIVSEC 2018 will be presented as a three-day event and will be led by the CIVSEC 2018 Congress,  which will run across all three days and will consist of the following six streams:

  • Human Security (Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism) – how do you deliver civil security that provides safety to the citizenry in times of international terrorism, organised crime and other forms of extremism when cities provide such tempting targets, markets and operating environments?
  • Cyber Security - in our inter-connected, on-line homes, workplaces and cities how do we use, protect and maximise the positive impacts from this ever more indispensible capability, while minimising the negative aspects?
  • Social Media – in our inter-connected, on-line lives how do we use, protect and maximise the positives of social media use, while avoiding the negative impacts such as its ability to spread false news and to facilitate extremist views?
  • Natural Disaster Management and Response – cities face nature’s many challenges year upon year. From heatwaves to winter storms, from flooding to drought. How do we effectively manage and respond to theseevents to enable those dwelling in our cities to continue life with minimal disruption?
  • Major Event Security - Cities also attract sporting, cultural and political events – how are these delivered and protected within cities with ever increasing populations and more complex threat environments?
  • Critical Infrastructure – as our cities grow larger and more complex, how do we identify, protect and provide resilience around the critical infrastructure required to keep them operating and safe?


The CIVSEC 2018 Congress conference program will be split into three quite distinct daily offerings to help delegates determine which day or days best suit their interests and needs.

Day one will be focus on Cyber SecuritySocial Media, and Critical Infrastructure. It will include a panel discussion and individual presentation sessions on each of the above streams.

Day two is presented as a strategic day. It will involve panel dialogues with a variety of international and local speakers that focuses thinking on the big challenges that civil security policy-makers, decision-makers, and practitioners need to be aware of and adapting to as we move beyond 2020.

Day three will shift back to conference mode and include the three streams of Human SecurityMajor Event Security, and Natural Disaster Management and Response. It will include panel discussion and individual presentation sessions on each of the above streams.

The sessions within these streams are deliberately structured to avoid ‘back-to back’ situations, thus allowing delegates to move across streams if they wish, while also enabling them ample time to visit the industry exposition and associated conference program taking place in conjunction with CIVSEC 2018.

CIVSEC 2018 will also host in parallel with the exhibition and the congress an associated conference program including:

  • ANZPAA Police Commissioners Conference (By Invitation Only)
  • Border Security Conference
  • Security Technology Conference
  • Unmanned Systems in Civil Security (hosted by the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems)


Please visit the individual conference pages hosted on this website for further information on each of these conferences including speakers, program and how to register.