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ARPC welcomes publication of risk mitigation handbook with Standards Australia

Dr Christopher Wallace, ARPC CEO, has warmly welcomed peak standards development body Standards Australia’s publication of the Base-building physical security handbook — Terrorism and extreme violence (HB-188). ARPC is the Project Proponent for HB-188.

“The Handbook will help owners and operators of commercial buildings to identify and assess building risks linked to terrorism and other acts of extreme violence, and to apply suitable controls to mitigate the risks,” said Dr Christopher Wallace, ARPC Chief Executive.

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

“The Base-building physical security handbook – Terrorism and extreme violence (HB-188) supports ARPC’s strategic priority to extend thought leadership and expertise on terrorism,” Dr Wallace said. “I sincerely thank all of our stakeholders who kindly assisted us in the Handbook process by providing content and reviews.”

The draft Handbook was available for public comment for six weeks in 2020, allowing industry professionals, consultants, organisations, and other government bodies to provide feedback. ARPC also acknowledges ASIO, who provided technical protective security advice in support of the Handbook.

The 85-page Handbook is now on sale at Standards Australia. Hard copy and soft copy options are available for purchase via the online Store | Standards Australia  & SAI Global Standards – SAI Global.

About ARPC

Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation is a corporate Commonwealth entity established under the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003 (TI Act). Following the terrorist events in the United States on 11 September 2001, there was a global withdrawal of terrorism insurance. The role of ARPC was to administer a scheme that would provide insurance cover for eligible terrorism losses, involving commercial property, associated business interruption losses and public liability. 

Media Contacts: Dr Christopher Wallace, ARPC Chief Executive or Alexander Drake, Head of Public Affairs: (02) 8223-6777 or [email protected]