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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 $52.8 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.

The facility will be named the Bob Atkinson Operational Capabilities Centre to recognise the distinguished career of former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

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Project overview

The project will be staged between November 2017 and late 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 (now completed).
  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 countering terrorism and enhancing 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 (PSBA) 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 refurbishment works and associated car parking achieved.

Main training facility

  • January 2018 – Appointed GHD as principal consultant.
  • October to December 2018 – Call construction tender.
  • March 2019 – FK Gardner and Sons Pty Ltd appointed as Head Contractor.
  • July 2019 – Commence construction.
  • Late 2020 – Practical completion of the building works.

Supply and employment opportunities

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

A list of suitable businesses that registered an expression of interest (EOI) for the works packages through the ICN Gateway were 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 was transferred to the awarded head contractors (at the time of contract award) for each project and will not be the responsibility of the department.

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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 is the budget for the project managed?

When the project’s business case was developed in 2017, $52.8 million was committed by the Queensland Government. This included project funding held in reserve by Queensland Treasury to be requested and authorised for release as the project progressed. The budget for this project is currently approved by Queensland Treasury at $52.2 million as it proceeds into the final design phase.

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 Contractors will work to support local industries by creating opportunities in the tendering for goods and services for subcontractors. The Head Contractors 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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