Safety and security

The Department of the Chief Minister provides whole-of-government leadership in a range of portfolio areas that contribute to the safety and security of Territorians.

This includes:

  • protective security
  • counter terrorism
  • critical infrastructure resilience
  • emergency and disaster recovery
  • fuel security.

The department also contributes to major government initiatives in response to law and order issues.

Counter terrorism

The Department of the Chief Minister leads the development of counter terrorism policy in conjunction with the Northern Territory Police.

In a major crisis DCM will establish the the Territory Crisis Coordination Centre to support members of executive government.

Information on the counter terrorism can be found at the following websites:

Read more on terrorism and how to report it.

Critical infrastructure resilience

Critical infrastructure means facilities, supply chains and networks whose unavailability would have significant detrimental impact on the security of Australia or the social and economic well being of its citizens.

Improving the resilience of critical infrastructure in the Northern Territory (NT) involves a range of strategies including protective security, crime prevention, business continuity and risk management, and emergency management.

Go to the National Security website to read about critical infrastructure protection.

Trusted Information Sharing Network

Sharing information on security issues is an important way owners and operators can improve their security and preparation.

Go to the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) website for more information on how government and business can share vital security information.

NT arrangements

The Department of the Chief Minister, Security and Emergency Recovery Team and the NT Police Security and Emergency Coordination Section jointly manage the Framework for the Protection of Northern Territory Critical infrastructure.

Read about the framework PDF (343.3 KB).

Personal and business security

Go to the National Security website for information on what to do in an emergency.

The Department of the Chief Minister provides security advice and information to NTG staff travelling overseas. Much of this advice is based on the information provided on the Smart Traveller website.

Businesses should get a risk assessment on all aspects of their organisation. You can get a copy of the Security Risk Management Handbook (HB 167:2006) for more information.

Go to the Standards Australia for more information on managing risk and sustaining business operations.

Emergency recovery coordination

The department of the Chief Minister leads the recovery from emergency and disaster events.

The Department of the Chief Minister is responsible for the recovery phase of an emergency under the Emergency Management Act 2013.

Under the NT Emergency Management Act the Department of the Chief Minister is responsible for leading the coordination of recovery and the chief executive officer performs the role of the territory recovery coordinator.

NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for managing the prevention, preparedness and response phases of emergency management.

Section 9 of the Act requires a territory emergency plan to be prepared for the Territory.

The territory plan:

  • describes the NT's approach to emergency and recover y operations
  • outlines the governance and coordination arrangements
  • details the roles and responsibilities of other agencies.

Go to the Police Fire and Emergency Services website to read the Territory Emergency Plan.

Go to the emergency and safety section of Northern Territory Government website for more information.

The recovery phase of an emergency event starts after the initial response has stabilised the situation.

Recovery is a long-term endeavour that includes the whole community in activities such as providing personal services (finance, counselling, emergency accommodation), economic enhancement, restoration and reconstruction, and public health priorities.

NT residents are encouraged to have their own emergency plans for self-sufficiency in the first three days after a major disaster.

Go to the secureNT website for more information.

Last updated: 02 September 2020

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