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Australia centralises national security agencies amid heightened threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday Australia’s domestic security bodies, including the police and the national spy agency, will be centralised under a single minister as Canberra tackles the rising threat of “lone wolf” attacks.

Oversight of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the police force had previously been the responsibility of three government officials but would now be handled by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Turnbull said, under a model similar to that used by the British Home Office.

Turnbull said the centralised model would ensure greater coordination between Australia’s security agencies.

The national security overhaul came as Australia, a staunch ally of the United States, reshapes its counter-terrorism response after a series of lone-wolf attacks and heightened fear of attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.

“Our security environment is being shaped by changes in our region and beyond,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“It is being shaped by the very real threat of home-grown terrorism that is increased with the spread of global Islamist terrorism,” he said.

The Cabinet shake-up came a day after Turnbull said Australia’s military would be more readily deployed to respond to “terrorist incidents” at home.

Under those proposed law changes, state and territory governments would be able to call for military help at any time after a “terror incident” has been declared .

Previously, the military could only be called upon once police concluded they could no longer deal with an incident.

Australia’s domestic security policies have come under close scrutiny since a lone gunman staged a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December 2014, during which two hostages were killed.

A coronial inquiry found in May that police failed to respond quickly enough to end the siege, which has been described as Australia’s deadliest incident inspired by Islamic State extremists .

The gunman, who was killed by police, had no direct ties to the militant group.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Paul Tait

Operations Manager – Dardan Security

Operations Manager - Dardan SecurityThe Operations Manager will be charged with balancing the service delivery of our contractual requirements to our clients and be responsible for the effective management of Dardan employees deployed under the respective portfolios. They will also provide strategic support to the Head of Specialist Services. The company has a number of electronic reporting and management systems, therefore the Operations Manager must be able to interpret any reports, and plan accordingly.

The Operations Manager may be assigned one or more Contract Managers (CM), Contract Support Managers (CSM) or Supervisors. If assigned, you will manage those Staff; their responsibilities typically include the fulfilment of operational, ISO / British Standard and welfare responsibilities. Whilst the role will be significantly field based, you will be working out of a regional office or head office where a hot desk is available when required.


  • Deliver outstanding client satisfaction and contractual obligations to the contracts in your respective portfolio.
  • To support the Head of Function in Operational Delivery of the highest quality services, including the provision of specialist advice, supporting existing clients and exploring areas of development.
  • To work with the Resourcing department to ensure the contracts are fully rostered, managing any exceptions as appropriate
  • Achieve all targets and KPIs as directed; these KPIs will consist of financial, people and operational indicators.
  • All Assignment Instructions / Operations Manuals to be reviewed and updated as required in the interest of continuous improvement.
  • Provide line management responsibility for performance, disciplinary, grievance and welfare issues under the guidance of the Human Resources Team.
  • Regular completion of client meetings and outcomes / actions as communicated / required
  • Staff appraisal completion.
  • Conduct team meetings where necessary to support the operational delivery of the service
  • To support the recruitment, induction and vetting processes of new starters in partnership with The Human Resources Department and in line with the requirements of the respective clients.
  • To manage the training requirements and provision, specific to contractual or authority obligation or regulation.
  • To work with the Resource Department in the management of employees annual leave, ensuring personnel take frequent leave throughout the year while maintaining operational effectiveness and efficiency on all sites
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety and Environmental procedures are followed.
  • Do not undertake any activity which could breach the SIA regulations
  • To complete any other reasonable task as instructed by your Senior Manager or Director.
  • To support internal and external audit processes from Dardan Security representatives, Client Representatives, the SIA, or any other relevant body with a relevant interest and valid reason for inspection or compliance checks.
  • To act with integrity and in the best interests of the company in a safe, compliant and ethical manner.

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrate effective line management / supervision of staff within a Specialist Security Environment
  • A proven ability to manage people to meet varying demands across a number or areas or multiple sites
  • An understanding of effective use of management information to monitor efficiency and continually improve practices
  • An ability and willingness to work both strategically and tactically, ensuring operational delivery throughout
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills at all levels
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Computer literate and confident with the use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • Demonstrate an awareness of security threats to specialist sectors such as Aviation and Transport, Health, Critical National Infrastructure, Pharmaceutical, COMAH sites or others, which remain relevant and up to date in the context of the current environment
  • Full and clean driving licence
  • Flexibility in regard to working hours and travel related to work

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous training in Aviation Security Management (Aviation Security Manager – ASM) Level 3 trained
  • Current and valid SIA Licence
  • Enhanced DBS checks in place
  • Exposure to Project Griffin or other relevant Counter Terrorism Advice

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Arson attacks on German railways spark security fears ahead of G20 summit

A departure board at the main train station in Dresden, eastern Germany, shows delays in traffic caused by the arson attack | Arno Burgi/AFP via Getty Images

There has been 12 seemingly coordinated incidents of arson nationwide on railroad tracks, police said.

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6/19/17, 12:49 PM CET

Updated 6/19/17, 1:43 PM CET

Rail traffic in parts of Germany was disrupted after seemingly coordinated arson attacks early this morning on segments of track, sparking security fears in the run-up to the G20 summit in Hamburg next month. Police in the Saxony region of Germany said there were 12 incidents of arson nationwide between 1 a.m . and 4:30 a.m . Monday on railroad tracks of national rail operator Deutsche Bahn. The statement said the police found fire in trackside cabling at each of the incidents and believe they were part of a coordinated plan .

German media cited3 security fears connected to the upcoming G20 meeting. An official at Deutsche Bahn said disruption was ongoing in the Leipzig area and on the track between L beck and Hamburg . Commuter services on Berlin s S-Bahn metro system also were disrupted and a spokesperson could not confirm when the problem would be resolved . Trains on the Cologne-Dortmund route were also disrupted, Deutsche Bahn said, and no services were running on the stretch from Dresden to the Czech border a tight stretch of track frequently used by freight and passenger traffic. The attacks occurred three weeks ahead of the G20 meeting during which world leaders will meet in Hamburg for a two-day summit .

The Saxony police said a link with the G20 summit could not be ruled out. The Operational Center of Defense, which is based in Saxony and handles cases of extremism, is now investigating the incidents in cooperation with Germany s Federal Criminal Police Office. The incident comes a month after Deutsche Bahn was hit by a global malware attack4 that disrupted departure boards across the country.

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