A wide range of readily available chemicals are used by individuals and businesses every day throughout Australia.
Of the approximately 40 000 chemicals approved for use in Australia, 96 chemicals were identified by the Council of Australian Governments as requiring attention because of their potential for misuse by terrorists. These are known as chemicals of security concern.
Our department is responsible for the implementation of the Agreement on Australia’s National Arrangements for the Management of Security Risks Associated with Chemicals. This agreement governs the development and implementation of measures to enhance the security of chemicals.
We work together with other Australian, state and territory government agencies to ensure businesses and the community are aware of chemical security risks and appropriate risk management processes are made.
For more information, including copies of free public information materials, visit the Chemical Security website.
National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern
The Australian Government, together with state and territory governments, businesses and industry sectors, developed a National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. The code helps businesses prevent potentially dangerous chemicals finding their way into the hands of terrorists.
The code was launched in July 2013 and is based on good business practices that prevent the loss and theft of chemicals. It encourages organisations to consider and examine their own risks from a national security perspective and to take steps to reduce risks to ensure that chemicals are not stolen or diverted for terrorist purposes.
For a copy of the code and other guidance materials, visit the Chemical Security website.