The protection of people, communities, cities, resources and infrastructure has become increasingly complex and demanding in an era of growing urbanisation.
The rapid "rise of cities" has led to heightened risks as well as expanded opportunities.
Environmental, resource, infrastructure and community protection have become increasingly demanding. Never before have the demands of preserving civil security and building civil resilience been so acute.
Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and indeed the world as a whole, face complex environmental and security protection challenges as a consequence of increased urban concentration and rapid social change.
The nations of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region are developing at a rapid rate. Indonesia, India and both North and South Asia are experiencing the growth of mega-cities, urban centres with ten million or more citizens - and there is no sign of this trend abating, let alone receding. In Australia, seventy five percent of the population live in urban centres - with sixty percent residing in major capitals.
Such concentrated pools of people create larger and more pressing civil security challenges, but also irresistible economic opportunities. Big cities provide workforces, economic drivers and motivate commercial expansion. Conversely, they increase the risks faced from the spread of disease, the impact of natural disasters, environmental emergencies, terrorist attack and infrastructure breakdowns.
On the other hand, people living and working in provincial, rural and remote areas, such as farmers and miners, face a different set of environmental and civil security threats and challenges, aggravated by the loss of population to the cities, the tyranny of distance, depleted facilities and the strains on widely-stretched infrastructure.
At the same time, the control of borders has become more challenging, threats to the safety of society have become more acute and the protection of the public has become more demanding.
How these and other civil security challenges in the coming decades should be addressed will be the overarching focus for CIVSEC 2018.
This international congress and exposition will zero-in on key themes, which will include:-