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Counter Terrorism Community Safety Centre

A world-class Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre is being built on the 140-hectares Wacol Police Complex in Brisbane for the Queensland Police Service.

The $46.7 million new training facility will include indoor firearms ranges, a scenario village and specialist training areas to increase capability in managing terrorism and other critical incidents.

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Project overview

The project will be staged between November 2017 and mid 2020 and will include:

  1. the refurbishment of the heritage listed Jacaranda and Silky Oak Houses to provide workplace accommodation, training facilities and associated carparking.
  2. the delivery of a training facility inclusive of:
    • a life-like scenario village
    • a firearms training facility
    • a multi-function training facility which is adaptable to a range of future training equipment and practices.

The project team will be completing engagement with key stakeholders during planning and construction to ensure the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre meets the needs of the Queensland Police Service in addressing counter-terrorism and public safety now and into the future.

The Wacol facility was formerly the site of the John Oxley Memorial Hospital and has been repurposed from Queensland Health for an integrated police facility known as ‘Wacol Police Complex’.

The Public Safety Business Agency (PBSA) is managing the delivery of the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre on behalf of Queensland Police Service in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Public Works.


The following work will be carried out subject to inclement weather events, latent site conditions and other unforeseen issues.

Workplace accommodation and associated car parking

  • November 2017 – PDT Architects was appointed as the principal consultant/architect.
  • February 2018 – Call the construction tender for the refurbishment works.
  • June 2018 – Paynter Dixon Queensland appointed as Head Contractor.
  • July 2018 – Commence refurbishment works.
  • Early 2019 – Practical completion of the works.

Main training facility

  • January 2018 – Appointed GHD as principal consultant.
  • October to December 2018 – Call construction tender.
  • Early 2019 – Award Head Contractor
  • First quarter of 2019 – Commence construction.
  • Mid 2020 – Practical completion of the building works.

Supply and employment opportunities

Engaging local industry and generating jobs are key objectives for the Queensland Government.

Registering your business' interest

Businesses with an interest in participating in the refurbishment of heritage listed buildings and the construction of the training facility are encouraged to complete the following two steps:

  1. establish a company profile (and capability statement) on the ICN Gateway
  2. lodge an expression of interest (EOI) for the partial and/or full scope work packages.

For assistance using the ICN Gateway, call 07 3364 0670 or email

Trade package requests for tender

A list of suitable businesses that have registered an expression of interest (EOI) for the works packages through the ICN Gateway will be made available for reference and use by the awarded head contractors for the refurbishment works project and the training facility project.

Suppliers/businesses please note: the responsibility for tendering and awarding suppliers for works will be transferred to the awarded head contractors (at the time of contract award) for each project and will not be the responsibility of the department.

In situations where suitable businesses cannot be identified from those that have expressed interest through the ICN Gateway, or where no businesses have expressed interest through the ICN Gateway, alternative processes will be used to procure the required packages of work by the awarded contractor for the relevant portion of work (refurbishment and construction of the training facility).

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Frequently asked questions

What purpose will the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre serve?

The training centre will be used by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for operational skills and tactics training to increase their capability in managing terrorism and other critical incidents.

Will the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre be available to other groups for training?

Yes, from time to time the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services may make use of the training facility.

What are the benefits of having such facility?

70% of all police officers in Queensland will be within a 100-kilometre radius of the new training facilities at Wacol. It is expected that all recruits and the majority of police officers will conduct their yearly training at this new training facility.

The new facility will enable officers to complete their operational skills and training re-qualifications in the one location and return to their duties much sooner than they currently can.

Police will be able to train at any time of the day or night and in any weather in the firearms and simunition training facilities.

First response officers have the ability to practice in purpose-built facilities for emerging trends such as active-shooter incidents.

How are local businesses expected to benefit from the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre?

The Queensland Government is committed to giving Queensland suppliers full, fair and reasonable access to tender opportunities arising from the construction of the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre.

What opportunities will be provided for local contractors?

The Head Contractor will work to support local industries by creating opportunities in the tendering for goods and services for subcontractors. The Head Contractor will source suppliers in a manner that is consistent with the Queensland Governments Charter for Local Content and may use local content specialists such as the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Queensland.

Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre entrance

Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre entrance​​​​​​​​​​

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