Ministerial Security Committee
In a terrorist situation or period of significant threat, the Ministerial Security Committee has ultimate responsibility for Tasmanian strategies relating to counter-terrorism.
The Chair of the Ministerial Security Committee is the Premier of Tasmania. The Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency management are permanent members of the committee. Other ministers may attend at the invitation of the Premier. The Committee also includes the Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Commissioner of Police.
State Crisis Centre
The State Crisis Centre (SCC) is activated when an incident is imminent or has already occurred. The SCC provides overall strategic direction and coordinates counter-terrorism responses in consultation with the operations centres of Police and other emergency services. The SCC also liaises with the National Crisis Centre and crisis centres in other jurisdictions.
Present at the SCC will be the Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Commissioner of Police, other senior members of the emergency services and other key policy advisers as may be required.
Security and Emergency Management Advisory Group
Effective crisis management requires coordination of processes and resources from many areas of Government. The Security and Emergency Management Advisory Group (SEMAG) provides policy advice to the Government, monitors State-wide security capability and reviews security plans and arrangements. It provides advice to the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC). It also provides a link with the private sector and federal agencies. The SEMAG meets regularly and is not just activated in a crisis situation.
The SEMAG comprises:
The functions of the SEMAG involve:
Each member of the SEMAG advises in relation to his/her area of responsibility. During an security or emergency incident members provide direct support to the State Crisis Centre.
Counter Terrorism Unit
The Counter Terrorism Unit, which is located within the Department of Police and Emergency Management, provides a focal point for strategies, activities, and projects involving counter-terrorism.
The role of the Counter Terrorism Unit is to:
Call the Counter Terrorism Unit on (03) 6230 2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Management Arrangements
The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) is established by the Emergency Management Act 2006. Its primary role is to develop, and monitor the implementation of emergency management policy in Tasmania.
The Commissioner of Police chairs the SEMC. The Committee also comprises the Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) and the Director of the State Emergency Service. Since 2001 the group has been informally expanded to include representatives of other emergency service agencies and the Director of the CTU.
The SEMC is supported by a range of sub-committees, including:
The SEMC is responsible for the Tasmanian Emergency Management Plan. There are also three regional emergency management plans and 29 municipal emergency management plans. Plans have also been prepared in relation to specific risks, including visits of nuclear powered warships, hazardous materials and animal diseases such as Foot & Mouth. All emergency management plans are currently being reviewed to include consideration of counter-terrorism issues.