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National security

The Australian Government's first priority is to keep our community safe from people who seek to do us harm

Chemicals of security concern

A wide range of readily available chemicals are used by individuals and businesses every day throughout Australia.

Of the approximately 40,000 chemicals approved for use in Australia, 96 chemicals were identified by the Council of Australian Governments as requiring attention because of their potential for misuse by terrorists. These are known as chemicals of security concern.

Our department is responsible for the implementation of the Agreement on Australia’s National Arrangements for the Management of Security Risks Associated with Chemicals. This agreement governs the development and implementation of measures to enhance the security of chemicals.

We work together with other Australian, state and territory government agencies to ensure businesses and the community are aware of chemical security risks and appropriate risk management processes are made.