In 2018, ARPC submitted a proposal to peak standards development body, Standards Australia, for the development of a handbook to support proactive risk management for deliberate acts of physical damage to large-scale infrastructure (commercial buildings).
Australian industry stakeholders and representative bodies across insurance, commercial property, facilities management, events management, local government, fire services and national security supported the proposal and contributed to the drafting of the Handbook.
The working title of the Handbook has recently been updated from Physical Protective Security Treatment for Buildings Handbook. Now called Base-building Physical Security Handbook – Terrorism and Extreme Violence, it 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 draft Handbook was opened for Public Comment in April/May. This allowed various stakeholders, including industry professionals and consultants, organisations and other government bodies to review the draft and provide their feedback.
The Drafting Committee met throughout May and June to address the feedback received during the Public Comment phase and will make further drafting changes to the Handbook. It is expected the Handbook will be published next financial year.
The Handbook aligns with ARPC’s strategic objectives, particularly to “extend thought leadership and expertise” and to “engage, understand and collaborate with stakeholders.” Over the next few months, ARPC will formulate a plan to officially launch the Handbook with a series of meetings and presentations to insurers and property owners, in the form of a ‘roadshow’.
The roadshow and promotion of this important resource will assist in promoting ARPC as a key advisor in the field of terrorism risk mitigation and allow ARPC to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders.