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 Security and your community

The following is a brief description of the pages under the Security and your community section of this website:

National Terrorism Threat Advisory System—Australia's current national terrorism threat level is PROBABLE.

What I can do—find out what you can do to help keep Australia safe from terrorism and prepare for and respond to an emergency.

Frequently asked questions—get the answers to some general, frequently asked questions about our national security.

Active Armed Offender Guidelines for Crowded Places—provides information and includes information for individuals on what to do if caught up in an armed offender  attack.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Guidelines for Crowded Places—provides information for individuals and people who own or operate crowded places to be more aware of, and prepared for, the threat of IED incidents.

Chemical security – Terrorists can use chemicals found in everyday products to make powerful homemade explosives and toxic weapons.

Community resources

The Australian Government is doing all it can to prevent a terrorist attack in Australia. See the What Australia is doing page to find out more.

The Disaster Assist website provides information about the recovery assistance and support available for current disasters from the government. It also provides links to assistance and responses to previous disasters that have impacted Australians, both in Australia and overseas.

Smartraveller is the Australian Government’s travel advice and consular information service. The website also provides contact details for the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre and Australian embassies and consulates overseas. You can also subscribe to receive official government advice when travelling and register your travel plans.

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency services to send voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area about likely or actual emergencies.

The National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 is a vital component of Australia's national counter-terrorism efforts. The hotline has received more than 300,000 calls, faxes, letters and emails since its establishment in December 2002. A significant number of reports to the hotline have already contributed to investigations or initiated new ones.

The Australian Government is working with communities to build resilience to violent extremism—that is, the use or support of violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals. Visit the Living Safe Together website for more information.

Business resources

The Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN)

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

The 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.

Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from 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. This strategy includes a suite of supplementary materials 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.

More information is available on the Crowded Places page.

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.

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 commenced operation on 12 December 2006. The Act regulates entities providing a ‘designated service’ which includes the financial, gambling, remittance, digital currency exchange and bullion sectors.

More information about the Act and what it might mean for your business is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.