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Crowded places

Places where large numbers of people gather are at risk of a terrorist attack. This includes:

  • entertainment venues
  • hotels and convention centres
  • major events
  • public transport hubs
  • sporting venues
  • shopping and business precincts
  • tourist attractions
  • significant one-off events.

Places most at risk are those where:

  • attendance of large numbers is predictable
  • security controls are minimal.

Risk assessment and advice

The national terrorism threat level for Australia is PROBABLE. Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.

A number of global factors and events have come together to indicate a terrorist attack in Australia is now more likely.This multifaceted threat was the reason the Commonwealth Government took the unprecedented step of raising the national terrorism threat level in September 2014.

We must maintain vigilance 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 and a guided self-assessment tool to help you assess the threat of terrorism at your location.

Information about the new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System and the current level can be found at

Guided self-assessment tool

If you are the owner or operator of a place where large groups of people gather use the safety assessment for crowded places to:

  • assess the likelihood of a terrorist attack
  • get advice on where to go for risk management guidance.

SAPOL encourages you to take the time to complete the questionnaire.

Complete the guided self-assessment

Contact the Critical Infrastructure Support Group for information and advice about crowded places or the self-assessment tool. Phone 7322 3622 or email with Attention: SACIS in the subject line.

Event planning advice

If you are planning a community event, contact your SAPOL Local Service Area planner for advice.

Local Service Area planners are located at the following locations:

Nuriootpa Police Station
Phone 8568 6620

Eastern Adelaide LSA Headquarters, Grenfell St
Phone 8172 5811

Elizabeth Police Station
Phone 8207 9411

Mt Barker Police Station
Phone 8398 1700

Holden Hill Police Station
Phone 8207 6953

Sturt Police Station
Phone 8207 4853

Christies Beach Police Station
Phone 8392 9085

Port Adelaide Police Station
Phone 8207 6444

If you are planning a major event, contact the Emergency and Major Event Section on 7322 4275 for advice.


Critical Infrastructure Support Group
Phone 7322 3622
Email with Attention: SACIS in the subject line.

Related information

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Australian National Security

National Guidelines for the Protection of Places of Mass Gathering from Terrorism

National Guidelines for Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Terrorism

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Safework SA events page