A High Security Risk Area is one where (DFAT) the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia or New Zealand has issued a warning to its Nationals not to travel to a specific Country, for a holiday and/or business purposes ( DFAT Level 3 ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ and DFAT level 4 ‘ Do not travel’ ) . It may involve countrywide or a specific area within a Country. In addition, a Regional committee or National Committee can designate an area as a High Security Risk Area on the basis of their own internal intelligence.

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

They are:

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

Approval Requirements:

Fieldworker Applications to travel into areas of High Security Risk should firstly be considered and approved by the Area Working Team and then by the Regional Committee prior to being sent to the National Committee.  The National Committee approval is required before a fieldworker can go into a High Security Risk Area.

National Committee Approval Procedure:

This approval process is not dictated by our Corporate Insurance Policy but by our ‘Duty of Care’ responsibilities to approved Fieldworkers.

  • A request using the ACBM Travel Approval Form for High Security Risk Areas submitted to the National Secretary by email or fax by the Regional Committee Secretary or delegated committee member.
  • The Application must confirm that both the Area Team and Regional Committee have considered the application and regard the visit to be sufficiently important to place fieldworkers at a heightened security risk.
  • A written security assessment and justification for travel including background information and reasons for travel must be provided
  • Evidence that local brothers and sisters and/or, past fieldworkers and/or other credible information sources (in the absence of a local Christadelphian presence), have been consulted, supporting the trip and view it as safe to travel.
  • Documents are to detail for each and every fieldworker – name, age, ecclesia, mission experience, experience in the particular area at risk, specific purpose of visit and activities to be undertaken, and why it is essential for visit to go ahead in such circumstances.  [Must be dealt with on an individual basis so that the National Committee can assess why it is necessary to expose each of the fieldworkers to such risks individually.]
  • EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCY OR CRISIS at least one month’s notice must be given to the National Committee prior to any commitment, either financial or otherwise, being undertaken.  IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCY OR CRISIS, FULL ADDITIONAL JUSTIFICATION WARRANTING TRAVEL MUST BE GIVEN.  If the warning arises after normal Regional Committee approval or if fieldworkers are already in the field, the National Secretary is to be advised immediately by telephone and the fieldworker information required is to be forwarded without delay.
  • If a brother or sister, having made an application to the ACBM for approval to enter a High Security Risk Area and being refused, decides nevertheless to enter such an area, they are to be advised in writing that the ACBM does not approve of their visit and that they are not to give any indication to anyone that they act on behalf of the ACBM. They are not covered by the ACBM Corporate Travel Insurance and ACBM funds are not to be applied to support their visit in any way.

Nevertheless, such an individual, or an individual who has not sought ACBM approval, who decides to visit such an area trusting in the Father’s protection and His will, despite the dangers the visit may present, should naturally receive from the worldwide community via their ecclesia or those close to them, the prayers and advocacy before the Father for their safe visit and return.

  • The Area Team is to confirm no change in security status immediately prior to travel, for any travel which is approved.
  • Mandatory reporting by fieldworkers to Area Teams at least weekly, or more often if warranted, is essential.
  • Fieldworkers must comply with any security or other conditions set out in the approval.

Page Last Updated: October, 2015