Guidelines on Overseas Projects were issued across the NSW Public Sector in February 2002. These Guidelines recognise the potential risks to personnel undertaking overseas projects and emphasise each Agency's duty of care in this regard. The Guidelines state that, "projects should not expose either the State or public officials to unacceptable risks" and further recommended that "advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on personal safety overseas should be included in project assessments and briefings for employees in situations where personal safety of employees planning to work overseas is an issue".
In light of recent international events and an increased number of security threats worldwide, NSW Public Sector Agencies participating at any level in overseas projects should be reminded of the need to review the security environment in the offshore location. As a matter of course, Agencies should keep up to date with advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on personal safety overseas via their website at www.dfat.gov.au.