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ASPI Report Launch: 'Safety in numbers - Australia’s private security guard force and counter-terrorism'

Speakers Linda Reynolds, Mr Bryan de Caires and Anthony Bergin

ASPI warmly invites you to attend the launch of its latest Special Report: ‘Safety in numbers: Australia’s private security guard force and counter-terrorism’ by Dr Anthony Bergin, Donald Williams and Christopher Dixon.

This report identifies the role of the private security sector in countering hostile threats—including terrorism—and the functions that the sector does or could provide in critical incidents and national CT planning. The report recommends a new Security Industry Authority, a statutory body under the responsibility to the Department of Home Affairs, be created to enhance national CT capability. The report is the result of extensive stakeholder discussions in the public and private sectors.

This Special Report will be launched by Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, followed by a moderated Q&A with the report author, Dr Anthony Bergin, and CEO of the Australian Security Industry Association, Mr Bryan de Caires. A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.

This report was generously sponsored by the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd.


Linda Reynolds

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC has been the Minister for Defence since March 2019. 

Mr Bryan de Caires

Bryan de Caires is Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL).

Anthony Bergin

Dr Bergin was a senior fellow with ASPI. 

For 20 years Dr Bergin served as an academic at the Australian Defence Force Academy.