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Transport Network Security and Resilience

Increasing the security and resilience of our surface transport system

The Department of Transport and Main Roads works with public transport operators, the Queensland Police Service and the Australian Government to help improve the security and resilience of Queensland’s transport system against an act of terrorism. Mass passenger transport operations are of particular interest to terrorist groups because they place large numbers of people in predictable places at predictable times and they are, by their open-access nature, difficult to protect.

National surface transport security arrangements

The department works with industry and local, state and federal government stakeholders to implement the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Surface Transport Security and the 2013 – 2019 Queensland Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Queensland’s transport security program

The best security outcomes are achieved when transport partners from across government and industry work together. Our transport security program therefore includes:

  • Information – We provide surface transport owners and operators with information on the terrorism threat context in the transport sector and how it may impact on community safety.
  • Regulation – We administer the Transport Security (Counter-Terrorism) Act 2008. Under this Act, a surface transport operation may be declared a Security-Identified Surface Transport Operation (SISTO). For more information, view the Transport Security (Counter-Terrorism) Act 2008 factsheet.
  • Coordination – We facilitate a Precinct Protection Program, which aims to strengthen security coordination, cooperation and communication between businesses located around major transport interchanges.
  • Assistance – We develop and distribute risk management, exercising, planning and other guidance material to support businesses in the transport sector to help protect against the threat of terrorism.

Reporting suspicious activity

Australia’s current National Terrorism Threat Level is PROBABLE. Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.

The public should continue to exercise caution and report any suspicious incidents to the National Security Hotline by calling 1800 123 400. Life-threatening situations should be reported to the police by calling Triple Zero (000).

General, non-urgent criminal activity (past or present) can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Queensland Police Service on 131 444.


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Last updated
08 March 2019