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Australia

Theft Ranking
Has Weapons-Usable Nuclear Materials
Change
Score93
Rank1

Summary

The top-ranked country for the third Index in a row, Australia’s score is unchanged from 2014. In the future, Australia could improve its nuclear materials security conditions by strengthening laws and regulations to require updating of its Design Basis Threat and to mitigate the insider threat. Steps include requiring more stringent and frequent personnel vetting and requiring personnel to report suspicious behavior. Australia’s nuclear materials security conditions remain adversely affected by the presence of groups interested in illicitly acquiring weapons-usable nuclear materials.


Category & Indicator Scores

Category & Indicators
Rank / Score / Δ

Quantities and Sites
100
=1

Quantities of Nuclear Materials
100
=1

Sites and Transportation
100
=1

Material Production / Elimination Trends
100
=1

Security and Control Measures
90
6

On-site Physical Protection
80
=13

Control and Accounting Procedures
100
=1

Insider Threat Prevention
67
=6

Physical Security During Transport
100
=1

Response Capabilities
100
=1

Cybersecurity
100
=1

Global Norms
100
=1

International Legal Commitments
100
=1

Voluntary Commitments
100
=1

International Assurances
100
=1

Domestic Commitments and Capacity
100
=1

UNSCR 1540 Implementation
100
=1

Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation
100
=1

Safeguards Adherence and Compliance
100
=1

Independent Regulatory Agency
100
=1

Risk Environment
76
6

Political Stability
85
=4

Effective Governance
75
=6

Pervasiveness of Corruption
100
=1

Group(s) Interested in Illicitly Acquiring Materials
50
=7

Legend

= denotes tie in rank
Δ denotes change in score between 2014 and 2016
– denotes no change between 2014 and 2016
All countries are scored 0–100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear security conditions

Note on Scores

Indicator scores equal the sum of the subindicator scores. Scores are then normalized 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions.