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Chemical security

Many chemicals used every day have been used in terrorist attacks with several arrests involving the suspect purchases of chemicals. The sorts of things to look out for are:

  • someone storing pool chemicals when they don't have a pool
  • a bin full of empty chemical containers
  • chemical smells
  • unusual possession, storage, or dumping of chemicals
  • suspicious behaviour around places where chemicals are kept.

Call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 to report what you have observed and why you think it's suspicious.

Related Information

Ammonium nitrate

National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern

4 chemicals have been added to the existing list of 11 chemicals that are assessed as being particularly high-risk and are covered by the National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern.

The Code is designed to help prevent chemicals in the wrong hands. It encourages companies and individuals that manage or handle chemicals of security concern to consider the risk of terrorism in their security planning processes. The Code provides guidance and information on a range of practical security measures that businesses and individuals can take.