In August 2017, the Australian Government released its Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism (the Strategy). The aim of the Strategy is to protect the lives of people working in, using, and visiting crowded places by making these places more resilient.
The ACT Government in consultation with ACT Policing have conducted audits and assessments for all sporting grounds in the ACT. As event organisers you should understand the main factors that influence terrorist target selection.
All 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 the threat of a terrorist attack.
Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls, and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. The current National Terrorism Threat Level in Australia is PROBABLE, as outlined on www.nationalsecurity.gov.au.
The Crowded Places Self-Assessment Tool found at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/CrowdedPlaces offers information and guidance on how to assess such factors for a crowded place. Depending on the outcome of this assessment, owners and operators may need to take further action including, but not limited to, engaging directly with state and territory police, undertaking a formal risk assessment of their site, engaging with private security contractors, and, based on expert advice, implementing effective and proportionate protective security measures.
This includes how security arrangements and plans may need to change if the national threat level is raised or lowered, and how long it would take to implement these changes. This should be achieved by accessing information and guidance provided by governments, both online and through state and territory networks. Owners and operators also have a responsibility to raise awareness of possible security threats among their staff and patrons.