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Are you participating in an international technology standards committee working on critical technologies? Keen to broaden your understanding of Australia’s interests and learn how to better influence outcomes?

We are offering a new Tech Standards Training Program to help standards makers:

  • understand the geopolitical landscape in which standards are set 
  • understand how standards can impact the national interest
  • further develop skills and knowledge in areas like international negotiation, cultural awareness and diplomacy.

We want Australia to be at the forefront of new technologies. That’s why we’re supporting Australian experts to develop high-quality international technical standards. Our goal is to shape the development and adoption of these new technologies.

We want international standards for technologies on our List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest to reflect Australia’s interests and expertise.

Training on different topics will be on offer until June 2026.  You can apply at any time to participate in the program.

Upcoming training

The Australian National University (ANU) is delivering the next training session ‘Geopolitics of International Standards’ online in early 2024.

This 2-hour session is academically rigorous and practical. Leading experts in geoeconomics, technology and standards will:

  • introduce the concept of geopolitics 
  • illustrate how geopolitical rivalry in technology is reshaping the international system
  • introduce an analytical framework for understanding ’standards-making power’
  • outline how to support  quality and integrity  in  standard setting .

Meet the trainers

Dr Darren Lim
Darren Lim is a senior lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. And co-host of the podcast Australia in the World. He researches and teaches in international relations, international political economy and international security. Darren received his PhD from Princeton University.
Prof Anthea Roberts
Anthea Roberts is a professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and legal scholar who focuses on new ways of thinking about complex and evolving global fields. She is Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice and chairs the ANU Geoeconomics Working Group. Anthea is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and formerly taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School.

More support 

Our new Tech Standards Security Clearance Program also supports Australian experts participating in setting international critical technology standards. We’re sponsoring and funding Australian Government security clearances to give you access to relevant classified information.

We have funding until June 2026 to provide security clearances. You can apply at any time to participate. 

Learn more or apply to join the program

Read the program guidelines to find out if you are eligible.