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.
The Attorney-General’s 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 on an ongoing basis.
Our department works together with 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 what you can do to help keep Australia safe from terrorism, visit the Chemical Security website.
Former Attorney-General highlights chemical security risks
The former Attorney-General launched a new chemical security awareness raising campaign on 23 May 2013. The campaign includes the new chemicals of security concern website, as well as brochures, fact sheets and industry-specific guidance materials. The campaign aims to prevent terrorists from accessing chemicals that can be used to make explosives or toxic devices.
Former Attorney-General launches a National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern
On 25 July 2013, the former Attorney-General launched a National Code of Practice to help business prevent potentially dangerous chemicals finding their way into the hands of terrorists.
You can access the National Code of Practice by visiting the Chemicals of security concern website.