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Approval Procedures for Fieldworkers travelling to High Security Risk Areas.

Our Duty of Care necessitates that we monitor carefully the movements of our fieldworkers and restrictions that apply to areas of High Security Risk.

In recognition of this responsibility we are guided by:

  1. The warnings issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT).
  2. Our own intelligence gathered from local sources in the areas concerned, as well as information provided by other National and International organizations.

The ACBM for the sake of uniformity, use the same Security Warning Levels as the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia.

DFAT warnings are defined as follows:

  1. Exercise normal safety precautions.
  2. Exercise a high degree of caution.
  3. Reconsider your need to travel.
  4. Do not travel.

In the case of DFAT warnings, levels 3 and 4 are considered ‘high risk’ and require specific approval by the National Committee before fieldworkers can enter these areas.

Fieldworkers’ Applications to travel into areas of High Security Risk should firstly be considered and endorsed by the Area Team Committee. The Secretary of the Area Team Committee should submit details to the Regional Committee and the Regional Committee Secretary should submit details on a special form (which is available here) to the secretary of the National Committee for the National Committee’s consideration.

The following countries are in Level 1. Exercise normal safety precautions.  ACBM fieldworkers do not need National Committee approval to visit these countries:

Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (overall),Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Japan (overall), Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Laos.

The following countries are in Level 2. Exercise a high degree of caution.    ACBM fieldworkers do not need National Committee approval to visit these countries:

Bangladesh (overall), Burma/ Myanmar (overall), China- Tibet- Xingjian, India (overall), Japan Area1 and 2 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant, Laos Xaisomboun province east of Vang Vieng, Nepal (overall), Papua New Guinea (overall),Philippines (overall), Sri Lanka (overall), Thailand (overall),Timor Leste / Timor (overall).

Countries where National Committee Endorsement is required for fieldworkers

Level 3 – Reconsider your need to travel
Country Region
Bangladesh Chittagong Hills  Tracts region
Burma / Myanmar  Rakhine State (except resort areas at Ngapali beach); Areas bordering China; Laos; Thailand; Bangladesh and India
Korea; Democratic People's Republic of Overall
India North-east States ( Assam; Nagaland; Tripura and Manipur); Chhattisgarh; the border areas of neighbouring states and the Cities of Jammu and Srinagar.
Indonesia Central Sulawesi; Maluku; Papua and West Papua provinces
Malaysia Coastal regions of Eastern Sabah including nearby islands and dive sites
Nepal Humla; Mugu; Dolpa; Manang; Lamjung;Gorha; Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts; Sindhupalchok; Kavrepalanchok; Dolaha; Ramechhap; Okhaldhunga; Solukhuma; Sankhuwasabha and Taplejung districts.
Pakistan Overall
Papua New Guinea Porera township
Philippines East Mindanao

Countries and Regions classified as ‘DO NOT TRAVEL’ Areas.

Level 4 – Do Not Travel

Country Region
Afghanistan Total country
India Jammu and Kashmir (except Ladakh region; Jammu and Srinagar); India-Pakistan border (except Atari crossing)
Japan Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant; Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture South Western Japan.
Pakistan Baluchistan; federally – administered tribal areas; Khyber – Pakhtunkhwa; border areas with Afghanistan and India ( excluding Lahore; Wagah;Kasur; Narowai and Sialkot)
Philippines Central and Western Mindanao; including the Zamboanga peninsula and Sulu Archipelago and Southern Sulu Ses area
Thailand Yala; Pattani; Narathiwat & Songkhla

What has to be done if you need to travel into Level 3 and Level 4 DO NOT TRAVEL areas.

If a fieldworker wishes to travel into areas in LEVEL 3 and LEVEL 4 National Committee Endorsement is required. This may be obtained by the Area Team putting together a proposal detailing the area, reasons why a fieldworker must go now, stating the experience of the fieldworker in the area in which travel will be undertaken, and the expected time in the high risk area. The Area Team secretary should submit details to the Regional Committee and the Regional Committee secretary should submit details on a special form (which is available at the end of this High Risk section) to the secretary of the National Committee for the National Committee’s consideration.

It is recommended that all Regional Committee and Area Team Secretaries access the DFAT website smartraveller.gov.au and arrange for automatic emailing of DFAT updates for their specific areas.

 

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