The Research Network for a Secure Australia
(RNSA) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration established to strengthen
Australia's research capacity to enhance the protection of the nation’s critical
infrastructure from natural, human-caused, or accidental disasters, and terrorist acts.
The RNSA has received ARC funding to achieve its goals of
establishing a research network primarily under the National Research Priority 4 –
Safeguarding Australia: Priority Goal 1 – Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP);
and including some elements from other national priority areas such as frontier technologies,
advanced materials, smart information use, transformational defence technologies, and protecting
Australia from terrorism and crime.
The RNSA seeks to bring
together the majority of Australia’s leading researchers, government and industry
leaders involved in CIP.
The RNSA will facilitate a knowledge-sharing network for
research organisations, government and the private sector to develop research tools and methods to
mitigate emerging safety and security issues relating to critical infrastructure. The network will
integrate complementary, yet diverse research areas including physical and information
infrastructure security, and surveillance and intelligent systems.
The Australian government has identified the need to secure
critical infrastructure against potential natural or human-caused disasters including terrorism as
a national priority. The RNSA is designed to meet this important government requirement through
providing research coordination in the areas of critical infrastructure protection (CIP). The
network receives strong support from key government organisations responsible for critical
infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism such as the Critical Infrastructure Advisory
Council (CIAC), the Attorney-General's Department, Trusted Information Sharing
Network (TISN) for Critical Infrastructure Protection, the Department of Prime Minister and
Cabinet – National Security Division (SET Unit) and Emergency Management Australia