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Business preparedness

Learn about how to prepare your business and protect critical information to help combat terrorism.

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
  •  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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 07 July 2021

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