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National Code of Practice

Australia is a safe and resilient country. However, there is a real risk of dangerous chemicals being used for a terrorist attack on our own soil.

We can reduce this risk by ensuring that good security measures are in place across the chemical supply chain - from importers and manufacturers right through to retailers - as well as in places where chemicals are used, such as in laboratories or on farms.

The Australian Government, together with state and territory governments, businesses and industry sectors, has developed a National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. The code provides guidance to sectors who work with one or more of the 11 high-risk chemicals that could be used to make homemade bombs.

For a list of these chemicals, visit the Common uses page. Ammonium nitrate is not included in the group of 11 high-risk chemicals as it is already regulated by laws in each state and territory.

The code 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.

In December 2012, the government released the draft code for consultation, and the consultation period ended on 1 March 2013. We received a number of submissions in response to the draft, and you can find them on the Public submissions page. Feedback from the consultation process shaped the final version of the code.

A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) was undertaken to address privacy issues arising from the draft code. The National Government Advisory Group (NGAG) on chemicals of security concern considered the recommendations of the PIA and decided to amend the draft code to address some of the issues raised. You can download a copy of the PIA and the NGAG response to the PIA below.

Although the code is designed with the 11 high-risk chemicals in mind it may be extended in the future. We encourage you to be vigilant about the security of any dangerous chemicals you have. You can download a copy of the code, fact sheets and other documents below.