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Introduction

Terrorism is an international challenge with links across the world including Australia and our region.

Unfortunately terrorism continues to present a serious and sustained threat to New South Wales as the State features many of the characteristics that are attractive to contemporary terrorist organisations. The siege at Martin Place, the murder of Mr Curtis Cheng, a police employee, outside the NSW Police Headquarters and attacks in other parts of the world are stark reminders that the threat of terrorism is real and that we may continue to face this threat for the foreseeable future. In September 2014 the Australian Government elevated the public alert level from the level of 'Medium' to 'High', meaning that an attack 'is likely'. Under the new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System introduced in November 2015, this level became 'PROBABLE'.

As the safety of the community is paramount, the NSW Government has developed this website to keep the people of NSW informed about our arrangements to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from terrorism. In particular, this website contains:

  • information about the current security environment
  • ways you can be prepared and how you can help
  • security resources to assist business
  • key information about what happens before, during and after an incident
  • official information in the event of a terrorist incident.

Support from the NSW community is an important part of keeping NSW safe against acts of terrorism. There are a number of ways individuals and communities can prevent and prepare for emergencies. Your information could be the missing link that police need to prevent an incident from occurring. Preparedness is also vital - you may have to help yourself and others in the minutes directly prior to, during and after a terrorist attack. If you do see or hear anything suspicious, report it to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00 or email hotline@nationalsecurity.gov.au. If it is an emergency, contact Triple Zero (000).