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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 Shooter Guidelines for Crowded Places—provides information for individuals on what to do in a firearm attack in a public area.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Guidelines for Crowded Places—provides information for individuals and people who own or operate places of mass gatherings 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 Australian Government's Disaster Assist website provides information about recovery assistance and support for current disasters. 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 advisory and consular information service. The website also provides contact details for the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre, Australian overseas posts (embassies, high commissions and consulates), and foreign diplomatic missions in Australia. You can also subscribe via the website to receive official government advice when travelling.

During an emergency you may be sent a text message to your mobile phone. The Emergency Alert website has more information.

The National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 is a vital component of Australia's national counter-terrorism efforts. Over the past 14 years, the hotline has received more than 250,000 calls, faxes, letters and emails. 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

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.

National 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 (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.

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—regulations for businesses

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 imposes obligations on businesses that are regulated under the AML/CTF Act—this includes businesses that provide financial, gambling and bullion services.

More information about the regulations and what they might mean for your business is available from the Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing section of the Attorney-General's Department website.