Why this years’ conference is more important than ever…

In an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, and a global health pandemic upon us (COVID-19), it is important now more than ever that we take an innovative approach to the way Government Agencies and their suppliers manage risk and continuity.

Australia has gone from crisis to crisis this past year – climate emergencies such as the drought that is devasting the inland, bushfires destroying millions of hectares of land, wildlife and taking human life, skies that were filled with hazardous levels of air quality, a global health pandemic, and now an economic crisis. This coupled with cyber-enabled espionage and attacks, active armed offenders and general criminality, as well as the increasing concerns about foreign interference, both the public and private sectors. We have much to consider and work to do.

Our theme this year – “Protective Security – more than just security” will enable us to provide access to leading authorities, industry experts and agency case studies that will provide our attendees with updates, benchmarking, thought leadership and network development to truly move to the next level, as we face the diverse challenges that continue to confront us. 

Building on the success of the last two Protective Security in Government Conferences, the event for 2020 is being designed to not only provide a platform for great networking and information sharing but also bring insights and best practice learnings to the sector in a focused program. The diverse nature of protective security practice in the government sector poses significant challenges. Issues such as workplace violence, insider threat, information security, emergency response and many others impact organisations across conventional silos.  

At an ever-increasing rate the security function is required to work across traditional departmental and interdepartmental boundaries. As such the need to understand converged solutions that include the protection of people, assets, information and reputation continue to evolve.

Based on feedback from well over 100 agencies that have participated in the previous events, the Protective Security in Government 2020 conference has been designed to assist security professionals at all levels, from Agency Advisor to Chief Security Officer and everything in between, to move beyond compliance to add true value to their organisations in the complex world of Government Protective Security.

Some of the focus areas will include:

  • Updates on the PSPF
  • Cyber trends and security convergence
  • Critical infrastructure protection best practice
  • Security, workplace violence and aggression  
  • The continued challenge of insider threat
  • The importance of OrganisationalPresilience® from a security perspective
  • And many more topics of interest


Security is everyone’s responsibility. Developing and fostering a positive security culture is critical to security outcomes.