Terrorism

Australia's National Terrorism Threat Level is PROBABLE.

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The National Terrorism Threat Advisory System informs the public about the likelihood โ€‹of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia. It includes five National Terrorism Threat Levels:

National Terrorism Threat Advisory System threat levels

The national terrorism threat level for Australia is PROBABLE. Credible intelligence, assessed by security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. The public should continue to exercise caution and report any suspicious incidents to the National Security Hotline by calling 1800 1234 00. Life threatening situations should be reported to the Police by calling Triple Zero (000).

The Australian Government regularly reviews the security environment and the National Terrorism Threat Level. Any changes to the National Terrorism Threat Level will be announced by the Prime Minister, the Director-General of Security or the Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.

Go to the Australian Government National Security website for more information on the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System and the National Terrorism Threat Level.โ€‹โ€‹

In the event of a terrorist incident, Tasmania Police will provide TasALERT with information and guidance for the public and organisations. The following is provided as general information.

National Approach

Tasmania is part of a national approach to counter terrorism between Commonwealth, State and Territory law enforcement and security agencies. The Council of Australian Governments endorsed and released Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy in July 2015. The strategy provides information to the Australian community on the terrorist threat we face and what is being done to counter it.

The National Counter-Terrorism Plan sets out Australia's strategic approach to preventing and dealing with acts of terrorism in Australia. It outlines how the combined resources of law enforcement, security, intelligence and emergency service agencies are used to prevent and deal with terrorist incidents or threats.

Hazardous Materials

The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern provides information to companies and individuals involved in the making, processing, importing, handling, storing, transporting and selling of hazardous materials.

Special Response and Counter-Terrorism, Tasmania Police

The Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Command (SRCT) provides subject matter expertise as well as consistency in advice and approach to counter-terrorism activities in Tasmania. The SRCT is the coordination point for Tasmanian Government counter-terrorism measures, and establishes the arrangements in relation to terrorist threats.

Specific responsibilities of the SRCT can be found here.

Advice to the Community

Tasmanians can be reassured that Tasmania Police, as the lead agency for counter-terrorism preparedness and response in this State, is well prepared to respond to terrorist threats.

Together with other emergency response agencies, Tasmania Police is equipped with a range of specialist response capabilities, and participates in regular training activities and exercises. Tasmania is represented on the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC).

The community should continue to be vigilant. Your safety is our priority.

In the event of a terrorist incident, Tasmania Police will provide TasALERT with information and guidance for the public and organisations.

What can the community do to help?

Reporting suspicious behaviour

If you are aware of suspicious activity ring the 24-hour National Security Hotline (NSH). The NSH guarantees your information and callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

  • National Security Hotline: 1800 1234 00
  • From overseas: +61 1300 1234 01
  • MMS: 0429 771 822
  • If you do not speak English well, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the National Security Hotline and interpret for you.
  • For TTY users, the number is 1800 234 889.
  • You can also email hotline@nationalsecurity.gov.au

Members of the community can also report suspicious activity direct to Tasmania Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers Tasmania on 1800 333 000.

For assistance in a life threatening or time critical emergency call Triple Zero (000).

What is a 'suspicious' event or activity?

Suspicious activities could include the following (but there may be others):

  • unusual property or vehicle rentals
  • unusual videotaping or photography of official buildings or other critical infrastructure
  • abandoned or suspicious vehicles near public buildings or busy public places
  • anything that appears unusual or out of place.

If something worries you, or seems to need further security attention, please report it and let the police or other relevant agency assess the situation.

All reports are taken seriously and investigated, and police appreciate and rely upon the assistance of the community.

However, it is important that members of the community do not place themselves at risk. If you see an unattended or suspicious package or bag in a public place, with no apparent reason for being there, it is suggested you:

  • ask if anyone owns it
  • if no one does, do not touch it and immediately vacate the area to a safe location
  • alert others to keep away
  • record the incident, including a description of the package or bag
  • if in a shopping mall, at a sporting event, in a building or on public transport, contact the relevant security authority and/or
  • call local police.

While everyone should be alert to unusual or suspicious activity, the public should not be alarmed and should continue with their daily routines and activities.