Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism


The Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) operates as a high-level, cross-disciplinary postgraduate centre offering postgraduate courses, occasional expert seminars and opportunities for research in the many areas associated with security studies.

The department draws together senior academics and leading industry professionals specialising in research, theory and practice associated with security, protecting both the national interest and the rights of individuals and groups within society.

Special Event

Countering Violent Extremism Symposium: Partnering to Build Solutions

A call for self-nominations

The inaugural Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Symposium held in Perth, Western Australia in November 2013 forged a unique partnership between CVE policy makers, practitioners, researchers, non-government organisations and private sector stakeholders. 

Building on this spirit of collaborative partnering to achieve solutions, the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), with Curtin and Massey Universities, will be hosting a two-day workshop-symposium at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney over the 11-12thof September 2014.

Focused on securing tangible outcomes for diverse participants from across the CVE spectrum, the Symposium will be centred on five outcome-focused workshops, each sponsored by a different industry stakeholder. Each workshop will address an important challenge in the CVE realm and draw on expertise from a number of differing domains. The themes and sponsors of the five workshops are:

  • NSW Police: Mapping a Contextual Model of Risk Assessment and Management for CVE Policing
  • Federal Attorney-General's Department: Creating Government Policy that Supports the Effective Policing of Returned Foreign Fighters
  • Community Relations Commission: The Social Impacts of Violent Extremism in Australia and New Solutions for Community-Based CVE
  • Massey University and New Zealand Police: Developing National Strategies for Sustaining Resilient Communities
  • Curtin University: Social Media and CVE - Understanding what we Do and Don't Know

We are looking for fifteen suitably qualified experts to participate in each of the five workshops. In order to widen the responses to CVE issues and include various stakeholders in a partnership to build solutions, each panel will consist of participants drawn from the areas of the community, public sector, private sector and academia.

If you feel that you would like to participate I invite you to self-nominate and register online at:

Date: 11-12 September 2014
Duration: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Enrolment closing date: 15th August 2014
Venue: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney - 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: (All prices include GST)

  • Full fee: $280
  • Student: $180 

Student rate is available to full-time students only. Price includes participation/observation of workshop, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and attendance at the Cocktail Soirée.

For enquiries about attendance on workshops please contact:

Lise Waldek
9850 1445

Julian Droogan
9850 1425


PICT is delighted to host the former US Ambassador to Baghdad and Ankara, James F. Jeffrey for a special guest presentation on "ISIS, the future of Iraq and Syria".

Ambassador Jeffrey has a long and distinguished career as diplomat, previously serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as Senior Advisor on Iraq to the Secretary of State; Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara and Kuwait; Ambassador to Albania, and Deputy Coordinator for Bosnia.

We are honoured to have his expertise and willingness to present a public lecture on this timely topic to our staff and students. 

When: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: 3.30pm-5pm. 
UPDATED VENUE: Room: E6A 102 Theatre 

*** Due to limited seating RSVP is essential. 
Please forward your request to attend to 
Seating will be allocated on a first come/first served basis. 

Research Seminar Series

PICT is delighted to announce the return of the Research Seminar Series. This series of presentations allows students to explore topics pertinent to the studies of PICT and Security in a broader context, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. 

August 26th, 2014 - Dr James Martin
'We are not criminals, we're pioneers': dark net dealers and the new digital frontier in the War on Drugs

September 16, 2014 - Adrin Choubineh, PICT HDR Candidate
The Shiite Lebanese Diaspora in Australia: Pan-Shiism as a National Security Implication

October 14, 2014 - Vince Hurley, Associate Lecturer and PhD Candidate
Drunks, Dogs & Domestics. Crime Control in Australia

November 11, 2014 - Simon Henry 
Aspects of the Australian Survivalist sub-culture: a separatist society and potential source of domestic extremist development.
All seminars will held from 4pm-5pm In the PICT Conference Room (Y3A233). Due to limited seating, RSVP is essential. Please email with your name, student name/department and the session which you wish to attend to secure your place. 

News & Events

  • Course Announcement
    PICT is excited to announce a new stream of undergraduate Criminology courses has commenced in 2013. Undergraduates may now enrol in PICT101 Introduction to Criminology and PICT102 Policing and Crime. Both subjects can be studied either as Bachelor of Arts electives or as foundation units for an Arts Criminology Major.

    Drawing on the experience and expertise of new critical criminology scholars and policing experts, including former Police Commissioners, military and intelligence services personnel, and in conjunction with the Departments of Law and Sociology, the new criminology program offers undergraduates a dynamic and comprehensive syllabus that covers a range of criminological issues including crimes such as street violence; homicide, and crimes of the powerful; the institutions of the criminal justice system (particularly the role and strategies of the police), as well as the functions of the courts and prison systems.

    This new course provides students with the opportunity to analyse issues and debates relevant to contemporary criminology, and to form a detailed understanding of the forces shaping crime and justice in the 21st century.  

  • For more information about the courses contact: PICT Student Services at Phone: +61 2 9850 1420, Fax: +61 2 9850 1440

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Courses - 2014

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Student Enquiries

Phone: +61 2 9850 1421
Fax: +61 2 9850 1440

General Enquiries

Phone: +61 2 9850 1420
Fax: +61 2 9850 1440

Postal Address

Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Level 2, Building Y3A
Macquarie University
NSW 2109
Office Hours: 9 am - 5 pm (AEST


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