A national code of practice was launched in July 2013 to help business prevent potentially dangerous chemicals finding their way into the hands of terrorists. See a video showing the danger some common chemicals can pose if in the wrong hands or download a copy of the code.
A wide range of industrial, agricultural and veterinary chemicals are legitimately used by individuals and organisations every day throughout Australia.
However, some of these chemicals have in the past been diverted from their legitimate use and used for unlawful purposes, including terrorist activity. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has identified 96 chemicals that are of potential security concern.
Chemicals that are readily available in Australia have been used in terrorist attacks including those in Bali, London and Mumbai. Closer to home, there have been several arrests involving suspected terrorists seeking to purchase common chemicals to use in bomb making.
The smallest piece of information could help defuse a lethal situation. If you suspect something, report your concerns to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Code of Practice provides information to help business prevent chemicals that can be made into a bomb from finding their way into the hands of terrorists.
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