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Business preparedness

The Victorian Government is committed to working with business in Victoria to counter terrorism.

Good security, good business

The Australian Government has produced a guide to help small to medium businesses with risk management planning.

The Good Security, Good Business guide provides details of how your business can minimise risks, manage and recover from an incident, including a terrorist attack. You can download a copy of the booklet from the Australian Government Trusted Information Sharing Network website

Security guidance for truck drivers and operators

The fact sheet below provides practical security advice to the trucking industry to help prevent vehicles being used in attacks.

Crowded places

Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. Australia is not immune. Terrorists have plotted similar attacks here, including on crowded places, and we expect more will occur.

Australian governments work with the private sector to protect crowded places. Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are well-equipped to detect and disrupt plots, and they have a strong history of stopping terrorist attacks. Owners and operators of crowded places have the primary responsibility for protecting their sites, including a duty of care to take steps to protect people that work, use, or visit their site from a range of foreseeable threats, including terrorism.

The objective of this strategy is to protect the lives of people working in, using, and visiting crowded places by making these places more resilient to terrorism.

The success of this strategy rests on strong and sustainable partnerships across Australia between governments and the private sector to better protect crowded places. These partnerships give owners and operators access to better threat and protective security information. By accessing this information, owners and operators will be in a better position to protect their crowded places against terrorism.

This strategy includes a suite of supplementary materials (below) that will assist owners and operators to understand and implement protective security measures. These materials also contain modules on specific weapons and tactics used by terrorists. It is important owners and operators of crowded places read the strategy before they consult any of the additional tools and guidance materials.

For more information visit the Australian National Security website

Protecting critical infrastructure

A nationally agreed definition of critical infrastructure is provided in the National Guidelines for Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Terrorism:

those physical facilities, supply chains, information technologies and communication networks which, if destroyed, degraded or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact on the social or economic wellbeing of the nation, or affect Australia's ability to conduct national defence and ensure national security

Although every effort is made to protect critical infrastructure and the community generally from acts of terrorism, no guarantees can ever be made that an attack will not occur. Good business practices such as applying risk management techniques to planning processes, conducting regular reviews of risk assessments and plans, as well as developing and reviewing business continuity plans, will assist businesses in mitigating potential risks.

Trusted Information Sharing Network

Partnerships between government and businesses that own or operate critical infrastructure is a key part of Australia's critical infrastructure resilience.

The Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) is one avenue of engagement for this partnership.

The TISN provides an environment where business and government can share vital information on security issues relevant to the protection of our critical infrastructure and the continuity of essential services in the face of all hazards.

More information is available on the TISN website

Victorian Critical Infrastructure Resilience Arrangements

Emergencies can have wide ranging impacts upon communities. Many Victorians have experienced the devastation of fire and floods, and the isolation of communities from basic lifelines and needs. In July 2015, Victoria introduced new legislative and policy arrangements to improve critical infrastructure resilience and reduce disruption of services to the community due to emergencies. Resilient critical infrastructure is more likely to endure changes or challenges to social, economic and environmental circumstances.

These new reforms augment existing emergency risk management practices. They also build upon the former terrorism-protection arrangements, moving towards a resilience focus where industry and government consider and plan for the consequences of all emergencies.

Some of these assets are obvious (e.g. electricity, water) and others are less so. In light of the potential consequences that can arise from the disruption of critical infrastructure, the Victorian Government is committed to their protection.

Within Victoria, critical infrastructure is both publicly and privately owned and managed. The owners and operators of critical infrastructure are key to ensuring the security of their assets. Many accept that ensuring security of their assets is a cost of doing business.

Identifying critical infrastructure within Victoria is an ongoing process, and is subject to continuous review. Major components of critical infrastructure will most likely remain fixed, while some other assets may become less critical over time. For example when a new piece of infrastructure is constructed this might provide a level of redundancy for another asset that was previously considered critical.

Further information on Victorian Critical Infrastructure Resilience Arrangements can be obtained from the Emergency Management Victoria website

Resources

National guidelines for the protection of critical infrastructure from terrorism

The National guidelines for the protection of critical infrastructure from terrorism provide the framework for a national, consistent approach for governments and business in protecting critical infrastructure.

Victorian Critical Infrastructure Resilience – via Emergency Management Victoria

Chemicals of security concern

Terrorist's choice of methods of attack is constantly evolving. Therefore, security planning in Victoria considers a broad range of attack methods, including the use of chemicals that can be used to produce explosives or toxic weapons.

A chemical is a material that may pose a health hazard or physical hazard, and include compounds that are toxic, flammable or corrosive.

A chemical weapon is a device or mechanism designed to deliberately deploy a harmful chemical. Chemical weapons use the toxic properties of chemical substances, rather than their explosive properties, to produce physiological effects on victims.

Approximately 40,000 chemicals are approved for use in Australia. Of those 40,000 chemicals, 96 are identified as being chemicals of security concern because of their potential to be used by terrorists to make bombs or toxic weapons.

Readily available chemicals can be misused by terrorist to make explosives or toxic devices. If you work with chemicals you have an important role to play in keeping Australia safe. Members of the Australian community can also help by being aware and reporting suspicious behaviour.

You are encouraged to report anything that seems unusual to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or hotline@nationalsecurity.gov.au

Resources

Visit the Chemical of Security Concern website for a range of materials that help raise awareness about chemical security including:

  • fact sheets and brochures
  • translated fact sheets and brochures
  • online training
  • videos
  • media announcements from governments
  • intergovernmental agreement
  • links to government partners

Reviewed 25 March 2019

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