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 Transcript—Chemical Security for Agriculture and Horticulture

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Narrator: The threat from terrorism in Australia is real. Homemade explosives and toxic weapons can be made from chemicals used in agriculture and horticulture.

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But we can all contribute to keeping Australia safe and secure.

[Image changes to show the front cover of The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern]

The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern provides guidance on practical measures you can take to help keep chemicals secure in your workplace.

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Whether you work on a farm or sell rural supplies, you can help build a chemical security culture.

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Know the chemicals you work with or sell, which ones are in the Code and their legitimate uses.

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They may be of interest to terrorists for use in homemade explosives or in toxic devices.

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If you are on a farm: Keep your chemicals secure and be alert to anything suspicious.

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Like any unexplained loss of supplies.

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Or workers that are too interested in your chemicals or asking odd questions.

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And check that you are being delivered the same amount of chemicals that you ordered. 

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Trust your instincts. Report any suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

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If you sell rural supplies: Assess your security and inventory controls. Train your staff to be alert for unusual purchases or suspicious behaviour and encourage them to raise any concerns.

[Image changes to show a “worker” with an angry expression on her face locking the entrance to a storage space filled with chemical containers]

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Suspicious behaviour or activities could include: Someone taking photos of the premises or paying too much attention to your security.

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Someone buying an unusual amount, or odd combination, of chemicals or insisting on paying with cash.

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It could be a customer wanting commercial quantities delivered to a residential address.

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Missing stock.

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Or unusual patterns of attendance by staff, who may be trying to access chemicals while no one is around.

[Image changes to show an animated figure referring to The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern and then using a phone]

There are important questions you can ask.

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Are new customers involved in legitimate use of the chemicals? Do they know what the chemicals are for?

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Are they aware of safety implications of some agriculture/veterinary poisons?

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Consider if there is anything odd about any online order.  Have they made repeated orders in a short space of time? Emailed asking unusual questions or requesting a strange delivery address? Has the order come from an odd IP address or location?

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You know your business, and you know when something just doesn’t feel right. Trust your instincts. 

[Image changes to show a “worker” closing a shed that has chemical containers in it, and then changes to show the “worker” standing beside bottles and bags of chemical containers]

Report your concerns to the National Security Hotline. You can help keep dangerous chemicals away from terrorists.

Know the chemicals. Know the risks. Know the code.

nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity

[Text appears on screen: If you suspect it, report it, chemical security. National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity]

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