Welcome to RNSA

The Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration established to strengthen Australia's research capacity to enhance the protection from natural and man-made hazards.

The RNSA received Australian Research Council (ARC) funding in 2005. Although ARC funding finished in 2011, RNSA is continuing as an effective communication network.

The core function of the RNSA is to bring together academics, industry and government to identify potentially useful research and innovation, and research priorities.

The RNSA seeks to foster the development of collaborative projects between researchers and the security community.

The RNSA has over 600 members.

The Attorney-General, Mr. Phil Ruddock launched the network on the 24th February 2005 at the Parliament House in Canberra. In addition Mr. Gary Nairn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime-Minister represented the Minister of Education. Other speakers included the Head of the SET Unit, Dr. Lynn Booth and ARC Executive Director, Prof. Elim Papadakis. The attendees were leading academic, government and business leaders in the critical infrastructure protection area.

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About the Directory

The National Security Researchers Directory, sponsored by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, is a consolidated listing of Australian research experts, PhD students, and sources of expertise in key areas of national security.

 It will enable policy makers, practitioners and researchers in government and industry to rapidly identify leading edge researchers of relevance.

The Directory was launched on 23 September 2010 by the Deputy National Security Adviser.

Prof. Priyan Mendis

RNSA Network Convenor c/o

Dept. of Infrastructure Engineering

The University of Melbourne,

Victoria 3010

Tel: 03 8344 7244

Fax: 03 8344 4616



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