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Risk Mitigation Handbook

In 2018, ARPC submitted a proposal to peak standards development body, Standards Australia, for the development of a handbook to support proactive risk management of large-scale infrastructure (commercial buildings). 

The draft Handbook was opened for Public Comment for a period of six weeks spanning April and May 2020, which allowed various stakeholders including industry professionals, consultants, organisations and other government bodies, the opportunity to review the draft and provide their feedback. 

The draft was met with a high degree of interest by leaders in the field of protective security. ARPC has assisted in collating the extensive feedback received and worked with the experts to recommend significant revisions to the original draft. 

Standards Australia will distribute the suggested revisions to the drafting committee who will consider the acceptance of the recommendations. This process will likely extend the project into late 2020, however ARPC is confident that this will result in a best-practice document. The Handbook will provide guidance to owners and operators of commercial buildings on identifying and assessing relevant sources of building risk associated with terrorism and other deliberate acts of extreme violence (such as civil commotion), and implementing suitable controls to mitigate such risk. The working title of the Handbook has since been updated from Physical Protective Security Treatment for Buildings Handbook to Base-building Physical Security Handbook – Terrorism and Extreme Violence. 

About ARPC

Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC) is a corporate Commonwealth entity within the Treasury portfolio, established under the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003 to administer Australia’s Terrorism Reinsurance Scheme following the withdrawal of terrorism cover by insurance companies after the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. As a public financial corporation, ARPC is part of the financial assistance and economic recovery phase of the Australian Government’s National Counter-Terrorism Plan.

ARPC supports and promotes terrorism risk mitigation through development of thought leadership research and insights, events featuring experts, support for relevant programs run by other organisations, as well as through our own initiatives. ARPC is globally connected through The International Forum for Terrorism Risk (re) Insurance Pools (IFTRIP), where experience, ideas and best practice are shared.

For more information about ARPC and Australia’s Terrorism Reinsurance Scheme, please visit https://arpc.gov.au/what-we-do/the-scheme/.

For more information about Standards Australia, the nation’s peak non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation, please visit

https://www.standards.org.au/.