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The North
The North and Australia's Security

The North and Australia's Security Program

Provide a sustained research focus on the security of Australia’s north, and the north’s critical role in contributing to the broader security of Australia.

With the support of the NT Government, ASPI has established ‘The north and Australia’s security’ research program. The program provides a sustained research focus on the security of Australia’s north and the north’s critical role in contributing to the broader security of Australia. The program concentrates on:

  • maintaining a strong public policy focus on the role of the north in the broader security of Australia at a time when strategic circumstances are driving new policy thinking in Canberra
  • developing a modernised way of thinking about the north and security by updating strategic frameworks that remain anchored in the 1980s ‘defence of Australia’ context
  • situating the north in a broader discussion about national security interests beyond defence—encompassing home affairs, border security and customs, space, cybersecurity, humanitarian and disaster response, biosecurity and energy security.