Places where large numbers of people gather are at risk of a terrorist attack. This includes:
Places most at risk are those where:
The national terrorism threat level for Australia is POSSIBLE - while Australia remains a potential terrorist target, there are fewer extremists with the intention to conduct an attack onshore.
A number of global factors and events have come together to indicate a terrorist attack in Australia is possible. This multifaceted threat was the reason the Commonwealth Government developed Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism in August 2017.
We must maintain vigilant in the face of an escalating global terrorist threat that continues to affect Australia. It is timely to review your security, emergency and business continuity plans.
Identifying potential targets for terrorist attack is not precise but there are things that you can do to minimise the risk.
On this page you will find some useful documents, links, a guided self-assessment tool and an audit to help you assess the threat of terrorism at your location.
Information about the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System and the current level can be found at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au.
Although we live in a safe country, we are still at risk from attacks in crowded places. In the unlikely event you are facing an armed attacker, you need to act quickly and remember 3 words: ESCAPE. HIDE. TELL. Learn more.
If you are the owner or operator of a place/event in South Australia where large groups of people gather, use the safety assessment for crowded places to:
SAPOL encourages you to take the time to complete the questionnaire.
Note, the guided self-assessment will be updated shortly to reflect Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism but the above link should still be used in the meantime.
Once you have completed the self-assessment tool, it is advisable for you to undertake the complementary Crowded Places Security Audit. This primarily aims to:
If you are planning a community event, contact your SAPOL District/Local Service Area planner for advice.
District/Local Service Area planners are located at the following locations:
Adelaide Police Station, Grenfell St
Phone 7322 4800
Christies Beach Police Station
Phone 8392 9085
Elizabeth Police Station
Phone 8207 9411
Port Adelaide Police Station
Phone 8207 4254
Mt Barker Police Station
Phone 8398 1700
Nuriootpa Police Station
Phone 8568 6620
If you are planning a major event, contact the Emergency and Major Event Section on 7322 4275 for advice.