Encouraging public engagement and awareness of unseen national security threats
New and emerging threats are often unseen and do not have a day-to-day impact on the lives of Australians. Policies that are implemented to protect national security are often publically divisive.
Develop a strategy or program that:
- builds public awareness and support for responses to national security without creating a sense of fear;
- builds community support for policy proposals without providing detailed justification for the measures; and/or
- engages the public without releasing classified or sensitive information.
The need to:
adhere to unknown or ambiguous timeframes (due to unknown or existential threats);
remain apolitical when working in a politically charged environment; and
Engaging with the public on national security issues may attract heightened media attention.
The end goal
While this is not a specific policy problem, potential solutions could be considered across the breadth of agencies that deal with complex and emotive policy issues.
Challenge solutions can come in any form, for example a set program or engagement strategy to deliver a theoretical (or real) policy outcome.