The Australian Government is determined to take whatever measures are reasonably necessary to ensure the community is protected from radicalised and militarised extremists returning from the Middle East.
On 16 July 2014, the Attorney-General introduced the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 into the Senate. The text of the Bill and explanatory memorandum is available on the Parliament of Australia website.
Armed offender attacks have occurred in crowded places such as sporting, transport and entertainment venues. The public and private sector must work together to prevent and reduce the impact of any incidents.
For more information, visit the Publications page.
Every piece of information that we receive from members of the public today could be invaluable in keeping Australia safe from terrorism tomorrow. It is often the smallest details that make the biggest difference.
To access current and previous public information material, visit the National security campaign page.
A wide range of industrial, agricultural and veterinary chemicals are legitimately used by individuals and organisations every day throughout Australia. However, some of these chemicals have in the past been diverted from their legitimate use and used for unlawful purposes, including terrorist activity.
Find out more on the Chemical security page.
In October 2013 the Australian Government announced it will provide financial assistance to people affected by past acts of terrorism overseas. The Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) will also apply to future acts of terrorism overseas that are declared by the Prime Minister.
The one-off payment of up to $75 000 will provide financial assistance for Australian residents who are harmed as a direct result of declared terrorist acts. Payment of up to $75 000 may be shared among eligible close family members of someone that died as a direct result of a declared terrorist act.
More information is available on the Department of Human Services website.
The risk of a terrorist threat to Australia is medium.
The systems we rely on, such as power, water, banking, communications, food, transport, health and emergency services, are resilient to all hazards.
Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy aims to promote a secure, resilient and trusted electronic operating environment that supports national security and maximises the benefits of the digital economy.