Tasmanian terror strategy success

Tasmania Police put significant work into its terrorism resilience strategy this year and the force believes the methodology is the best in the country.

The Police, Fire and Emergency Management Department annual report says Tasmania Police developed a “robust methodology” for determining terror risks in the state.

It was improved during two Security Risk Management and Exercise Management courses at the Rokeby police academy in May and July.

The courses were partaken in by people from Tasmania’s state service and owners and operators of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering.

A total of 32 people attended both courses, but an advanced course held in September saw an additional 21 stakeholders involved.

As part of the methodology, police have developed approaches specific to places of mass gathering in Tasmania, including shopping centres, sporting venues, hotels, entertainment venues, cultural and educational facilities and other major planned events.

“The Special Response and Counter Terrorism Unit and police districts works with local government and public event managers for places of mass gathering, to assist with their security planning,” Commander Geoff Smith said.

“(The methodology includes) identification of the ... attractiveness and vulnerabilities of the event and place of the mass gathering.”

Commander Smith said the public’s involvement in the process earlier this year was to increase awareness and provide standard assessment and rating processes for key infrastructure.

When asked what made the methodology nation-leading, he said: “The findings from reviews of terrorist incidents overseas were used to inform and update the risk assessment methodology which assesses the value and vulnerabilities of places of mass gathering”.

People should report suspect activity to National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.