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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 developed Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism in August 2017.

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, 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

In the event of an attack, what you do matters

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

For South Australian Users Only

Crowded places self-assessment tool

If you are the owner or operator of a place in South Australia 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 Crowded places self-assessment

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:

  • present a menu of security issues, some of which may be relevant to the type, size and risk profile of your crowded place; and
  • provide an impetus for you to address any security gaps in a proportionate manner.

Complete the Crowded Places Security Audit

Contact the Security Preparedness Unit for information and advice about crowded places or the self-assessment tool. Phone 7322 3622 or make an enquiry online.

Event planning advice

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.


Security Preparedness Unit
Make an enquiry online
Phone 7322 3622

Related information

Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism

Active Armed Offender Guidelines for Crowded Places

Improvised Explosive Device Guidelines for Crowded Places

Chemical Weapon Guidelines for Crowded Places

Hostile Vehicle Guidelines for Crowded Places

National guidelines for the protection of critical infrastructure from terrorism

Australian Government information relating to National Security

Counter terrorism awareness for security industry personnel

Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook

SafeWork SA Event Safety