24-26 March 2020

Call for papers from scholars, practitioners or product and service providers interested in presenting at this event

Hosting major conferences of Australia’s key law enforcement, corrective services and enabling technology organisations, CIVSEC 2020 will provide a forum for public debate on the civil security issues facing nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

SEC 2018 engaged 55 Australian and international agencies, hosting conferences of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), DST’s National Security Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC) and the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), among others.

SEC 2020 will deliver four conference theatrettes as part of its exhibition and conference program. Each will focus on one of four themes linked to the broader civil security environment:

  1. Community Safety and Security
  2. Critical Infrastructure Protection
  3. Borders, sea and airports
  4. Disasters: preparation, response, relief and recovery

Each presenter will be allocated 20-25 minutes to make their presentation and to answer questions from the audience.

Each presentation should address one of the theatrette themes and also one or more of the following points:

  • Challenges regarding civil security outcomes looking out over the upcoming 3-5 years, and why they should be added to the risk management ‘landscape’ for one of the themed areas;
  • Innovative approaches to delivering civil security outcomes relevant to a themed area (for example: use of new and emerging technologies, alternative ways of thinking about security and how it can be delivered, new and improved practices and methodologies that have been proven in other countries, domains or sectors), or;
  • Specific products or services designed to optimise the delivery of civil security outcomes in a themed area.

NOTE:  For the purposes of CIVSEC, “civil security outcomes” are defined as risk management approaches that minimise either the likelihood/threat or consequences of an event arising from natural or human causes, including (but not limited to):

  • the provision of planning, preparation, practices, products and/or services that improve the safety and security of the community as a whole (or a section of it);
  • protection of a specific location or a group of locations, or of the integrity of borders, sea and airports, particular services or infrastructure;
  • delivery of capability to best respond to an event (e.g. flood, fire, attack).

Selection of presenters will be at the discretion of the CIVSEC Advisory Panel and the Executive Manager: Civil Security for the hosting organisation (Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited) based on the synopsis / executive summary submitted during the registration of interest process.


Abstracts Submissions Open & Call for Papers 20 May 2019
Abstracts Submission Deadline 16 August 2019
Author Acceptance Notification 13 September 2019
Registrations Open COMING SOON
Full Paper Submission Deadline 6 December 2019

To register your interest

To register your interest in being a presenter at CIVSEC 2020, please CLICK HERE

Additional advice for potential presenters

CIVSEC provides a forum and venue. It does not however guarantee an audience for the presentations made. While CIVSEC is publicised and marketed within the wider national security environment, the organisers also strongly recommend that presenters add to this process by marketing their own involvement through encouraging professional contacts and other interested parties to attend the event, which is free to register for and attend.

Limited financial assistance is available for selected presenters to help with travel and associated costs regarding attendance. If your selection is confirmed and you require assistance to attend, please raise this with me at that time.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Shortt PhD - Executive Manager Civil Security
Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited
Mobile: +61 (0)450 960 663