We have been advised by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that there will be a National Day of Protest in respect of Student Unionism on Thursday 25 August 2005. From the information at hand the protests will be staged at DEST premises in Melbourne (2.30 pm) and Sydney (from 1pm). AFP advise that a protest is also planned for Canberra between 1pm and 2pm but there is currently no indication of the protest activity reaching DEST premises in Mort Street. All state and territory offices are aware of the planned protests, and have made local arrangements accordingly.
While DEST offices in Canberra are not currently targeted, people are advised to remain cautious of tailgaters and report any unknown persons to security.
Although unlikely, the building may be locked-down if the protest moves to Mort Street. Advice of the lock down will be communicated over the buildingâ€™s public address system.
In the event of a lock-down, the front door entry and foyer to 16-18 Mort Street will be unavailable. Staff seeking to exit or re-enter the building will need to ensure they have their access passes with them, and use the rear entrance of 16-18 Mort building (off Murella Lane). A security guard will be placed at the rear doors to allow entry to the building upon presentation of your access pass. A guard will also be in the 14 Mort St front foyer. The building will not be accessible to visitors during the lock-down. Notification that the building has re-opened will be provided over the public address system.
If the protestors converge on National Office we request that people avoid leaving the building and stay clear of the main entrance areas and windows overlooking Mort Street. We also ask that you ensure your security pass is clearly visible to security staff and other DEST people and immediately report to Security on 39486, 38605 or 38233 any unauthorised persons in the building.
If you work in the 240 City Walk building and need to commute between 240 and other DEST buildings, please ensure you remain at a distance from any demonstration activity.