Based on advice from security and intelligence agencies, the Australian Government raised the National Terrorism Public Alert Level from Medium to High on 12 September 2014.
The advice is not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia.
Members of the public can report suspicious activities to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.
Australia's Counter-Terrorism Strategy outlines the current terrorist threat that Australia is facing, and what our governments are doing to counter it. It focusses on five core elements: challenging violent extremist ideologies, stopping people from becoming terrorists, shaping the global environment to counter terrorism, disrupting terrorist activity within Australia and having effective responses and recovery should an attack occur.
Find out more on the Publications page.
The government is concerned about Australians who travel to conflict zones and return to Australia with skills and intentions acquired from fighting or training with terrorist groups. The 'declared area' offence is aimed at deterring people from travelling to these dangerous areas.
This will make it an offence for Australians to enter, or remain in, an area in a foreign country which has been declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as an area where a listed terrorist organisation is engaged in a hostile activity.
More information is available on the Declared area offence 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.
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.
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.
Australia is at HIGH level of alert.
The systems we rely on, such as power, water, banking, communications, food, transport, health and emergency services, are resilient to all hazards.
Find out more on the role of state and territory governments and their counter-terrorism arrangements.