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Amanda Coghlan

Deputy Director - Professional Development

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Civil-military-police coordination. International disaster management. International security. Women, peace and security. Partnership brokering.


Amanda Coghlan joined ASPI in 2019 as the Deputy Head of Professional Development.

Amanda is a national and international security professional with more than 13 years’ experience in building effective and sustainable whole-of-government and multiagency crisis management capacity. She has worked across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, successfully designing and implementing innovative needs-based approaches to developing cross-agency national security capability.

With extensive experience in designing and facilitating roundtables, workshops, seminars, dialogues, and exercises that are knowledge driven, deliver identified outcomes and are co-designed and co-delivered with government and non-government agencies partners.

Prior to join ASPI, Amanda Coghlan spent eight years at the Australian Civil-Military Centre designing and leading programs on cross-agency: Preparedness and Exercise Support; Lessons and Evaluation; Women, Peace and Security; Protection of Civilians; Innovation and New Partnerships; Research; Government-Civil Society Partnerships; and Social Media and Publications.

She has substantive expertise in good practice approaches to civil-military-police coordination, disaster management, human security, protracted crises and complex emergencies, women, peace and security, preparedness, and lessons and evaluation, and has regularly represented Australia, regionally and globally, at 1.5 track dialogues in these areas.

Amanda is a contributing author to key civil-military coordination publications, Afghanistan: Australia’s Whole-of-Government Mission, Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Emergencies: Towards a Predictable Model, Same Space, Different Mandates, and Australia’s Guidelines for Civil-Military-Police Cooperation.

In 2018, she led a whole-of-government Secretariat to deliver the inaugural ASEAN-Australia Women, Peace and Security Dialogue and facilitated a multinational writing team from Asia and the Pacific to develop new Annexes for the Multinational Force Standard Operating Procedures on working with Government agencies. In 2010/2011 she revolutionised Australia’s approach to preparedness. She partnered with the Australian military to adapt joint collective training exercise to create opportunities for civilian and police agencies to design and achieve on their own preparedness objectives and supported those agencies to develop approaches to preparedness for the first time. Amanda was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation in 2012 for this work.

Prior to joining ACMC, Amanda worked with Defence Science and Technology as an applied social researcher specialising in multiagency decision-making, coordination and planning for crisis management. In 2010, Amanda was awarded a Defence Science and Technology Achievement Award for her leadership role in supporting the development of Australia’s modern National Security Arrangements, including the development of the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework and the Crisis Coordination Centre.