Surface transport security

Surface transport security, including rail, light rail, buses, and passenger ferries, is the responsibility of the state or territory government in which the service is located.

Australian Government's role

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 Transport and Infrastructure Council. This role, and the roles of the state and territory governments, is set out in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Surface Transport Security. PDF: 257 KB ReadSpeaker

National Surface Transport Security Strategy

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.


  • National Surface Transport Security Strategy PDF: 396 KB ReadSpeaker
  • National Code of Practice for CCTV Systems for Mass Passenger Transport Sector for Counter-Terrorism DOC: 1234 KB PDF: 623 KB ReadSpeaker