Events in Australia and across the world have reinforced the importance of planning and preparedness in the fight against terrorism. It is vital that we maintain our vigilance and our awareness of security requirements, and build robust relationships both within and between the community, business and government to further strengthen this State and the nation against all threats, including terrorism.
Under the National Counter-Terrorism Plan the States, Territories and the Commonwealth are committed to the development and maintenance of a nation-wide capability to counter terrorism and its consequences.
As far as possible, counter-terrorism strategies are incorporated into existing plans and procedures that deal with the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery arrangements for other hazards.
In Western Australia the coordination of these activities is principally undertaken through the State’s ANZCTC representatives and the State Emergency Management Committee.
In response to a terrorist act or significant threat, the Department has a key role in the establishment of a State Crisis Centre to:
- support the Premier, Ministers and senior officials; and
- liaise with the Commonwealth Government and other State and Territory Governments.