Safeguarding Australia is Australia’s premier national security conference.


8th – 9th May 2019, Canberra

Across 8 and 9 May 2019, Safeguarding Australia will bring government and industry together to counter the threats facing all Australians. Safeguarding Australia will unite international and Australian experts to explore the issues in this space; considering the past, present and future of security response.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has warned that espionage and political interference by foreign powers is at unprecedented levels in Australia and poses a major risk to security.




The Technology Surprise Forum is designed to:

a) facilitate government agencies with a national security remit to more quickly and efficiently discover emerging and disruptive scientific and technology innovations that will either accelerate or impede their program objectives while minimising strategic technology surprise, and;

b) initiate and/or enhance broad engagement between these Government sectors, Australia’s Five-eye partners and traditional and non-traditional scientific research organizations including academic and industry sectors.

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National Security Science & Technology Forum
Special Annual Forum for Practitioners & Researchers

Thursday, 9 May 2019


  • Great conference. Good variety of speakers and novel panel sessions, discussing emerging areas that often don’t get air-time at security conferences
    — Department of Defence, 2017
  • A detailed and well-resourced summit. The speakers and subject matter expert were excellent and presentations were highly informative and well prepared. Thoroughly enjoyed my first Safeguarding Australia event and look forward to attending in future again.
    — Wilson Security, 2017
  • The conference provided sessions that were highly relevant to the current security environment. Excellent opportunity for networking.
    — Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2017
  • A very informative and useful conference. As a Defence employee, I am somewhat isolated from civilian perspectives. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to hear the issues and potential solutions being examined in the civil sector.
    — Department of Defence, 2016
  • A thoroughly enjoyable conference!
    — Crime and Corruption Commission of QLD, 2016
  • Panel discussion particularly engaging.
    — Australian Border Force, 2016
  • I really enjoyed this year, my first time at the conference and will come again and thank you for the half discounted rate for university students.
    — Macquarie University, 2015
  • Great conference, thank you, excellent speakers, very nice venue.
    — Thales, 2015

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