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Guidelines to protect Australia from improvised explosive devices

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The Hon M ichael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism



13 April 2016

Guidelines to protect Australia from improvised explosive devices

Sadly as we have seen overseas in recent months, crowded places, such as public transport hubs, shopping malls and entertainment precincts, can be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

The Improvised Explosive Device Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering (IED Guidelines) released today were developed by the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) to guard against the threat of IEDs. They are not in response to any specific threat.

This information is designed to help governments and businesses protect Australians from the potential use of IEDs in places of mass gathering and to prevent, prepare for and respond to an attack.

While Australia’s threat level remains at probable - which means 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 - the incidents overseas highlight the need to be prepared.

The ANZCTC developed these IED guidelines over the last two years, based on international and domestic research and important lessons learned from international attacks.

National security is a priority for the Coalition Government and these guidelines are yet another way that the Government is working with the private sector to ensure Australians are safe and our efforts are integrated.

We want to ensure places of mass gatherings are equipped to contribute to the collective national effort to manage any IED threat.

The work of the ANZCTC is an important part of our counter-terrorism efforts. The ANZCTC brings together the Commonwealth Government, Australian state and territory governments and the New Zealand Government to coordinate our national counter-terrorism efforts.

These guidelines supplement other publicly available national guidance developed by the ANZCTC, including the National Guidelines for the Protection of Places of Mass Gathering from Terrorism and the second edition of the Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering.

These guidelines and other information on what business and the public can do to prevent, prepare for and respond to an attack are available on the National Security website at

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