The Security and Emergency Management Division (SEMD) provides whole-of-government coordination and strategic policy advice on security and emergency management matters across the ACT. The SEMD is part of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and works closely with all ACT Government directorates, ACT Policing, and relevant interstate and federal agencies.

SEMD is responsible for developing strategic policy settings and programs that involve:

  • National security
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Strategic emergency prevention, planning, response and recovery policy matters
  • Countering violent extremism
  • Protective security, including safer public places
  • Critical infrastructure
  • National committees
  • Resilience and recovery
  • Australian Government funding programs
  • The ACT Public Safety CCTV network.

The ACT Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF)

The Security and Emergency Management Division (SEMD) is responsible for the ACT Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

The PSPF mandates all Directorates to take appropriate measures to protect their people, information and assets both here and abroad. By utilising the PSPF, directorates can identify existing and emerging security risks and assist in the protection of the ACT Government’s employees, information and assets.

The ACT Government PSPF is designed to help Directorates:

  • identify their levels of security risk tolerance;
  • achieve the mandatory requirements for protective security expected by the ACT Government; and
  • develop an appropriate security culture to securely meet their business goals.

These protective security mandates cover protective security governance (GOVSEC), personnel security (PERSEC), information security (INFOSEC), and physical security (PHYSEC). The implementation of these policies and practices is to be based on a thorough risk assessment.

The ACT Government, through the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, will continue to develop and refine protective security policies that promotes the most effective and efficient ways to secure the continued delivery of ACT Government business.

Contacts

Security and Emergency Management Division
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
P: (02) 6205 4795

E: JACSSEMD@act.gov.au