Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Unit (SRCTU)

National Terrorism Threat Advisory System

From 26 November 2015, a new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System informs the public about the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia. This replaces the four-level National Terrorism Public Alert System.

The new system includes five National Terrorism Threat Levels:

  • Not Expected (green)
  • Possible (blue)
  • Probable (yellow)
  • Expected (orange)
  • Certain (red)

The five-tier system provides greater flexibility in determining the threat levels and will provide information that is more meaningful to the public if the threat level changes.

Go to www. www.nationalsecurity.gov.au for more information on the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System and the National Terrorism Threat Level.

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 the increase in the National Terrorism Public Alert Level.

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), which ensures that effective and well-practiced domestic counter-terrorism capabilities are maintained.

The community should continue to be vigilant. Your safety is our priority. Unusual or suspicious activity should be reported to the National Security Hotline 1800 1234 00 or the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

More information is available at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au, the National Security Hotline 1800 1234 00, or TasALERT www.alert.tas.gov.au 

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

Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Unit

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

The SRCTU has specific responsibility for:

  • Liaising with businesses, the Commonwealth and other state and territory jurisdictions on counter-terrorism issues
  • Providing research and policy advice on counter-terrorism and security-related issues to Government
  • Identifying critical infrastructure and guides owner/operators on risk assessment and risk management plans, including security advice concerning places of mass gatherings of people
  • Developing and managing a counter-terrorism exercise and training regime
  • Establish and maintain the capability to respond quickly and effectively to specific terrorist threats
  • Provide advice in respect to security sensitive hazardous materials
  • Monitoring counter-terrorism intelligence to support SRCTU responsibilities.

In addition to the above, the jurisdictional Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Interventions Coordinator is situated within the SRCTU. Tasmania Police are committed to working with other Government agencies, non-Government agencies and support services in response to violent extremism. For further information visit www.livingsafetogether.gov.au.

An Emergency Management Section (EMS) was established within the SRCTU to enhance and support the role of Tasmania Police in an all-hazards environment. The EMS provides support to the State Controller and the State Emergency Management Committee in the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from emergency incidents.

Advice to the community

Tasmanians should not be alarmed, but should continue to be vigilant. Report any suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline 1800 1234 00 or the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

Visit www.alert.tas.gov.au and www.nationalsecurity.gov.au for information on the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System.

Advice to businesses and event organisers

Businesses and event managers should regularly review and be prepared to activate your Business Continuity Plan (or similar plan).

  • Regularly review your security arrangements regularly or whenever there is a change in the Threat Level. Are you able to deploy additional security resources if required?
  • Advise key staff of any changes to the Threat Level and security measures that may be implemented, including reporting suspicious behaviour to police on 131 444.
  • Ensure your contact details are registered with the SRCTU on 6173 2500.

Visit the Australian National Security Information for Business webpage for further information.