The smallest piece of information could help defuse a lethal situation.


Many chemicals we use every day have been used in terrorist attacks such as those in Bali, London and Mumbai.

Closer to home, there have been several arrests involving suspected terrorists seeking to purchase common chemicals to use in bomb making.

We can all do something to prevent this happening again. If you notice anything that doesn't feel right, you should trust that feeling.

Call the National Security Hotline and tell our trained operators what you have observed and why you think it's suspicious.


What chemicals?

Currently there are 96 chemicals identified as being of concern. You will find many around your home such as common fertilisers, pool cleaners and bleaches.

The full list is available at www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au

The important thing is to report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline. If you suspect it, report it.

Examples of suspicious behaviour

Most importantly, you should trust your intuition. If something seems suspicious then it's much better that you act on your concerns and call the Hotline. You can remain anonymous.

Our trained operators will want to know what you have observed and why you think it's suspicious.

The sort of things you might want to look out for are:

  • Someone storing pool chemicals when they don't have a pool
  • A bin full of empty chemical containers
  • Chemical smells
  • Unusual possession, storage, or dumping of chemicals
  • Suspicious behaviour around places where chemicals are kept.

Remember, these are just some examples of what might be suspicious. Always trust your intuition. It if doesn't feel right, call the Hotline and tell us about your concerns. Your information may be the small piece needed to complete a bigger picture.