Energy Security Forum

ANU energy security forum

Date & time

9.30pm 12 October – 3am 13 October 2016


Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia - Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600


 Clare de Castella

This forum, presented by the ANU Energy Change Institute and Engineers Australia, will give policy makers and other stakeholders the tools to develop improved energy policy outcomes.

The pace of change in the energy sector is rapid with a number of opportunities and challenges.   As Australia’s global energy leader status is enhanced there will be an increasing demand to be a part of the geopolitically charged global energy system, thus creating new vulnerabilities and threats to Australia's energy security.

The forum seeks to harness this growing awareness of the complex systems interdependence between energy and security, and provide for improved and more diverse energy policy.  


08.30             Registration & coffee / tea 

08.45–09.15    Introduction by Ms Margaret Sewell, Department of Energy and Environment

09.15-10.30    Dialogue 1:A Resilient Energy Future: How should Australia manage its energy supply and infrastructure?”

Chair: Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute, ANU

  • Managing risk and resilience in critical infrastructure, Dr Paul Barnes, ASPI Director of Risk and Resilience
  • Cyber security in relation to Australia’s energy security, Ms Michelle Price, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (currently at the ANU National Security College)
  • Delivering affordable future energy in our cities: How do we future proof our cities, Dr Robert Care, Arup Australia


10.30-11.00   Morning Tea and networking

11-12.30  Dialogue 2: “Energy and Global Risks: How should Australia contribute to ensuring regional and global public goods?”

Chair: Emeritus Professor Doug Hargraves AM (QUT, Engineers Australia President 2010)

  • Geopolitical Risks to Energy Security, Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt, ANU National Security College
  • What does continuity of energy supply mean to Defence and how is Defence strategy addressing interconnected geopolitical and energy concerns, Brigadier Mark Smethurst, Department of Defence
  • Australia and the Oil/Gas Market: the demands of upstream governance, Mr Damian Dwyer – Director, Economics Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association


12.30-2.00  Lunch and presentation

“Australia’s Energy and Security Policy must evolve to meet complex geopolitical, climate and economic challenges”, Air Vice Marshall (Retired) John Blackburn, AO, Fellow of Williams Foundation and Institute of Regional Security.

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