Objective 3Transport Network Security and Resilience
- Qld Counter – Terrorism Strategy 2013–18
- Preparedness Program
- International, national and state committees
- Commonwealth Games security preparation
- Disruptive event planning and business continuity
- Critical infrastructure
- Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements
- Mass passenger service operators assistance and information
- Protective security
Qld Counter – Terrorism Strategy 2013–18
TMR participates in the Queensland Counter-Terrorism Committee, and the Queensland Counter-Terrorism Training and Exercise Management Committee. TMR chairs the Queensland Transport Security Working Group (a sub-committee to the Queensland Counter Terrorism Committee) which coordinates the security activities of the Queensland public transport network.
The state wide 2016–17 Preparedness Program was delivered at 12 locations to 313 participants in September through to November 2016.
Participants included representatives from TMR, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Rail and local councils.
The program focussed on changes to processes and legislation, lessons learnt and identifying issues or gaps to providing effective responses to disruptive events. The program contributed to the department's assurance process as well as providing confidence to external stakeholders that we are well prepared to respond to a disruptive event.
Following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, district debriefs were conducted in affected areas. The learnings identified will be incorporated in the preparedness activities for 2017–18.
International, national and state committees
The department participates in the Transport Security Committee which ensures a collaborative security and resilience approach across the federal government and state/territory jurisdictions within the surface transport sector.
We also participate in the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council, which is chaired by the federal government's Attorney-Generals' Department and comprised of various industry group leads to ensure a consistent resilience approach is applied across the different sectoral groups. TMR chairs the Transport Security (Surface Transport) Group.
Commonwealth Games security preparation
You can read about our preparations for Commonwealth Games security.
Disruptive event planning and business continuity
The Business Continuity Management Program has continued to be implemented across all areas of TMR during the year to ensure we are able to deliver essential services to the community during times of disruption.
It is a collaborative program across all areas of the department which builds organisational resilience and assists in the delivery of a sustainable, cost-effective transport network accessible to everyone.
Initiatives such as Business Continuity Awareness Week and exercising current continuity processes are undertaken to promote benefits to business units.
The department has reinvigorated our Critical Infrastructure Program to supplement the federal government's and QPS's efforts to identify and make safe critical and essential infrastructure. This aligns with the federal government's recent establishment of the National Critical Infrastructure Centre.
The program will also identify interdependencies to ensure critical infrastructure integrity is maintained to enhance the resilience of the state's essential services.
Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements
TMR supports and actively participates in the Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements through the provision of functional support in the important area of transport systems and is also the hazard-specific lead agency for any ship-sourced pollution events.
As a member of the Queensland Disaster Management Committee (QDMC) and chair of the Roads and Transport Functional Recovery Group, the Director-General, leads the support of the restoration and reconstruction of transport systems within impacted communities to ensure appropriate and effective recovery is achieved.
TMR is an active member of the State Disaster Coordination Group and the Inter-departmental Committee for Disaster Management. Through these two strategic level groups we are able to contribute to the development and implementation of best practice disaster management policy and protocols which improve outcomes for Queenslanders.
The department is also actively involved in District Disaster Management Groups (DDMGs) across Queensland through our District Disaster Liaison Officers. We continue to assist Local Disaster Management Groups (LDMGs) by providing targeted advice and support to enable them to be prepared for any disruptive event, including disasters, which may impact the transport system.
Read about how TMR responded and provided invaluable support to the community during Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Mass passenger service operators assistance and information
The department administers the Transport Security (Counter-Terrorism) Act, 2008. The Act ensures the surface transport operators who are assessed to be at an elevated risk of a terrorism or security incident are identified and engaged to ensure they have a best practice security risk management plan in place, develop a counter-terrorism exercise package and report annually on their risk management plans and activities.
We engage major transport hubs and surface transport operators with security guidance and support materials. We also provide a secretariat function for security precincts committees at mass passenger transport hubs in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas.
In the past 12 months Internal Security has conducted Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) across the department. SRAs assist operational areas to identify and address physical security vulnerabilities to help protect our people and facilities.
These assessments review issues such as:
- preventing unauthorised access to our facilities by analysing the efficiency of CCTV coverage, fencing, lighting, alarms, and security provider services
- ensuring local procedures relating to client aggression and cash handling are in place and effective
- analysing local criminal activity that may have an effect on the facility
- providing advice to local management on vulnerabilities and options to address any issues identified
- liaison with local QPS offices regarding criminal demographics for the area
- examination of facility security infrastructure and processes to ensure they remain 'fit for purpose'.
Security incidents across the department are reported centrally to TNSR.
Incidents are reviewed to provide:
- assistance and referral support to the operational areas involved
- specialist investigation services as required
- identification of security trends to assist security policy development
- assurance that security incident corrective actions are finalised with the relevant stakeholders including QPS.