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National Security

Chemicals of Security Concern

 

Departments

 

Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department – http://www.ag.gov.au/ and http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/ChemicalSecurity_ChemicalSecurity

 

Regulatory Standard-setting Body

A large and diverse number of industrial, agricultural and veterinary chemicals are legitimately used by individuals and organisations every day throughout Australia. However, a small number of these chemicals could be used by terrorists to attack Australia, Australians or their interests. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) identified these as Chemicals of Security Concern.

Assessment bodies

 

Chemical Security Risk Assessments Unit in Attorney-General’s Department.

 

Ministerial council

 

There is no ministerial council for this work, the Commonwealth Attorney-General is the leading responsible Minister and each State/Territory also has nominated a responsible Minister Standing committee

 

National Government Advisory Group on Chemical Security – http://www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au/www/chemsec/
chemsec.nsf/Page/Government#advisory

 

Acts and regulations

 

The only chemical of security concern currently regulated is Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate (SSAN), which was regulated by States/Territories following COAG agreement in 2004 to a national set of principles for regulating SSAN (http://www.coag.gov.au/coag_meeting_outcomes/
2004-06-25/index.cfm#terror
).

 

Standards

 

Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) Site and Supply Chain Security Guidance (http://www.pacia.org.au/content/
ResponsibleCareToolkitSecurityGuidance.aspx
)

 

Pharmacy Guild of Australia policy on Chemicals of Security Concern (only available to Guild members)

 

Framework

 

Intergovernmental Agreement on Australia’s National Arrangements for the Management of Security Risks Associated with Chemicals – October 2008 (http://www.coag.gov.au/intergov_agreements/index.cfm)

 

 

 

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