City of Sydney Seeks Consultants to Implement Counter-Terrorism Plan
City of Sydney seeking security consultants to implement Strategy for the Protection of Crowded Places from Terrorism.
CITY of Sydney is seeking to engage suitably qualified and experienced security consultant/s to undertake work to improve the security and safety of council-owned buildings and public spaces, including crowded places, to conform to the Strategy for the Protection of Crowded Places from Terrorism Plan.
The engagement will be for an initial period of 3 years, with options for extension for an additional 1 + 1 years. The maximum contract term is 5 years. The provision of these services may be increased or decreased based on the priorities of the City. Engagement under the contract does not guarantee work on part or all these services.
In 2014, the Australian Government raised the National Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Probable’. This reflects the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) that groups and individuals continue to possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. While State and Commonwealth agencies hold much of the responsibility for responding to the terrorism threat, local governments are important partners identified within the National Counter-Terrorism Plan.
The Objective of the Strategy for the Protection of Crowded Places from Terrorism is to “protect the lives of people working in, using, and visiting crowded places by making these places more resilient.” The Strategy states that “all owners and operators of crowded places have primary responsibility for protecting their sites, including a duty of care to take steps to protect people that work, use or visit their site from a range of foreseeable threats, including the threat of terrorist attack.”
Under the Strategy, owners and operators are required to complete self-assessments and security audits of their crowded places. The City has completed preliminary vulnerability assessments for locations within the City which could be defined as crowded places, including buildings, malls, parks, and events. These assessments will be used to determine priorities and the program of work under this contract.
Tenders close at 11am AEST on Tuesday September 11, 2018.
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