CIVSEC 2018 Civil Security Congress and Exposition

The latest thinking in strategy and tactics on topics as diverse as counter terrorism, social media, climate change and natural disasters were presented by more than 100 international and Australian speakers at the CIVSEC 2018 Civil Security Congress and Exposition.

Combining an international industry and technology exhibition, high-level stakeholder strategic summits and a congress of specialist conferences, CIVSEC 2018 brought together industry leaders, policy makers, technical specialists, technology developers and industry suppliers. The event, held over three days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, had a broad international scope with a special regional focus on the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Australia.

The congress program included conferences and symposia spanning the spectrum of issues relating to civil and national security, policing, resource and infrastructure protection, emergency management and disaster response.

Defence Chief Scientist Alex Zelinsky began the conference sessions by detailing new Federal Government national security science and technology policy within hours of its release, and concluded with the inside story on security at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games through the eyes of four of its senior planners.

Across the three days attendees also heard from renowned terrorism expert Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, First Assistant Secretary Gregory Miller from the Australian Department of Home Affairs Cyber Policy Division and Professor Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University.

The conference program was complemented by an exhibition displaying a cross section of technology in support of Australia’s law enforcement, public safety and national security agencies. The display included weapon systems, vehicles, personal protection equipment, forensic technology, cyber security solutions, unmanned systems, simulation and disaster response equipment.

Bryn Heaphy from the Victoria Police Operations Response Unit, said “CIVSEC 2018 was an excellent opportunity for Victoria Police to demonstrate its own advancements in Public Order Policing whilst networking with colleagues from Defence, Law Enforcement, Security and Manufacturing.”


AIS was in attendance at the exhibition, taking the opportunity to engage with stakeholders who are represented by the Public Safety, Corrections and Aviation Industry Reference Committees. It was a great to talk to people from the industry about the recently submitted IRC Skills Forecasts, and to provide information packs about the work of the IRCs. Dan Minton, Industry Manager from Australian Industry Standards said “AIS saw CIVSEC 2018 as the perfect opportunity to identify advances in public safety response technologies, and discuss the future skills of Australia’s public safety agencies with key industry stakeholders.”

CIVSEC 2018 Chief Executive Ian Honnery said the event built on the success of the inaugural event in 2016, which was the Indo-Asia Pacific’s first broad based forum, and established it as Australia’s major Civil Security congress and exposition.
“The most pleasing outcomes were the positive comments from delegates and exhibiting companies, praising the quality of both the conference discussions and business leads generated on the exhibition floor” Mr Honnery said