As part of the National Counter Terrorism Plan, state and territory agencies are required to maintain counter terrorism plans and capabilities. Detailed arrangements are in place to prevent and respond to any possible terrorist threat to New South Wales (NSW).
The existing emergency management arrangements that support counter terrorism activities have been in place for many years. They have been tested and evaluated through a range of exercises and real life incidents.
Although each state or territory plan is unique, all have common, features which include:
- acknowledging the unique nature of terrorism as distinct from criminal incidents
- the responsibility police have for resolving and/or investigating terrorist related incidents
- the role of emergency services in responding to and dealing with the consequences of such an incident
In NSW, a Cabinet Standing Committee on Counter Terrorism, chaired by the Premier, oversees NSW’s responsibilities and preparations. This committee is supported by the Chief Executives Counter Terrorism Coordinating Group.
State government agencies work with owners and operators of industry, business, critical infrastructure and places of mass gatherings to protect vital assets, facilities and technology networks such as transport, communication links, power and water supplies. An ongoing program involving owner/operators working together with government to validate security arrangements is central to prevention and preparedness.
The NSW Government is committed to supporting ongoing counter terrorism initiatives. This includes research, planning and training.