Countering terrorism is a responsibility shared by all Australian governments, the community and private sector.
While our risk profile is relatively low and the vast majority of South Australian’s are peaceful and inclusive, the threat of terrorism, like other emergencies and serious crime, cannot be eliminated entirely.
The South Australian Government is strengthening our laws, practices and programs designed to detect, disrupt and respond to acts of terror and stop people from being radicalised.
How citizens can help
We can all help prevent terrorism by being alert to and reporting suspicious activity.
Call 000 for emergency services
If you are ever in an emergency situation or you witness a terrorist attack occurring, contact triple zero 000. This is a free call from any phone in Australia, even a phone box or disconnected mobile phone. For Text Telephone (TTY) users (hearing/speech impaired) call 106.
After dialling 000, an operator will ask which service you require – ambulance, police or fire. When on the phone, it is important to remain calm and speak slowly. Do not hang up until the operator has received the required information.
Contact crime stoppers
You can report information about any crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or reporting online at crimestopperssa.com.au.
Contact the national security hotline
If you see or hear something that seems suspicious, call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.
You can report information anonymously. Relevant information will be passed on to appropriate state and territory police for investigation.
If you do not speak English well, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the National Security Service and interpret for you. For TTY users the number is 1800 234 889.
Overseas callers should contact the Hotline on (+61) 1300 123 401.
You can also email email@example.com and MMS 0429 771 822 the National Security Hotline.
Be a smart traveller
Terrorism is a worldwide threat and terrorist groups abroad have been known to target foreigners and places where foreign visitors gather. These include places such as hostels, transport systems, nightlife areas and other landmarks.
If planning an overseas trip you should check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller website smarttraveller.gov.au for up-to-date information and advice on the security situation in all foreign countries.
This will inform you of the level of risk you may face, so that you can make informed decisions about where and when to travel overseas.