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Protecting Crowded Places

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Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. By their very nature, these venues generally encourage public access with a minimum of security controls. Crowded places include sporting venues, shopping complexes, open air markets, business precincts, tourism and entertainment venues, cultural facilities, hotels and convention centres, public transport hubs and major planned events.

The Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) has recognised the need to ensure a consistent approach to the protection of such venues. To this end, Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism was developed to support a systematic process for identifying security risk management activities that can be integrated into existing emergency management arrangements.

This strategy includes a suite of supplementary materials (below) that will assist owners and operators to understand and implement protective security measures. These materials also contain modules on specific weapons and tactics used by terrorists. It is important owners and operators of crowded places read the strategy before they consult any of the additional tools and guidance materials.

  • Crowded Places Security Audit
  • Crowded Places Self-Assessment Tool
  • Active Armed Offender Guidelines for Crowded Places
  • Improvised Explosive Device Guidelines for Crowded Places
  • Chemical Weapon Guidelines for Crowded Places
  • Hostile Vehicle Guidelines for Crowded Places

Enquiries can be directed to Western Australia Police by emailing




Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.