Victoria has procedures for managing a terrorist attack. These are similar to how we respond to natural disasters.
Victoria Police leads the initial response, helped by other services such as:
- emergency services
- health services
- local governments
- local businesses and communities
Sometimes we may ask for support from other states or the Commonwealth Government.
In case of an incident, we focus on:
- preventing injuries and reducing loss of life
- preventing property damage and disruption to infrastructure (such as power and water)
- investigating the threat or act
- identifying and detaining offenders
- providing immediate support to affected people
Find out more about how we respond to emergencies in Victoria here - All communities, all
After an incident, we begin planning for recovery immediately. It's important to help people resume their normal day-to-day activities.
Any terrorist attack in Victoria will cause strong reactions. These will be physical, mental, emotional or behavioural. Psychological impacts and recovery may continue for months, if not years.
Children and young people often react to trauma in ways that surprise their parents and teachers.
For more information about recovering from traumatic events - Trauma - reaction and
How to find information during an incident
Follow these communication channels for warnings and information during a terrorist incident:
ABC and regional emergency broadcasters
Likelihood of a terrorist incident
Check the National Terrorism Threat Advisory for information about the current likelihood of an act of terrorism in Australia.
Reviewed 12 February 2019