Surface Transport Security
Unlike the aviation and maritime sectors, where security regulation is the primary responsibility of the Australian Government, surface transport security, including rail, light rail, buses, and passenger ferries, is the responsibility of the state or territory governments in which the service is located.
The Australian Government's role is to work with state and territory governments to develop a consistent and coordinated approach to surface transport security. This work is primarily undertaken by the Transport Security Committee (TSC) of the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) which reports to the Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI). This role, and the roles of the state and territory government, is set out in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Surface Transport Security (IGA) [PDF: 257 KB] .
The work of the TSC is guided by the National Surface Transport Security Strategy (NSTSS) that aims to provide for a surface transport system that is more secure against the threat of terrorism. The NSTSS complements national counter-terrorism and emergency management arrangements as well as other transport security frameworks in the aviation and maritime sectors.