The new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System informs the public on the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia. The system provides information on what the threat level means, where the threat is coming from, potential targets and how a terrorist act may be carried out.
The current National Terrorism Threat Level is PROBABLE and the public should continue to exercise caution.
Find out more on the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System 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.
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.
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.
On 13 April 2016, the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee launched the Improvised Explosive Device Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering for Government and businesses to help protect Australians from the threat of these attacks. Crowded public areas including transport hubs, shopping centres and sporting arenas have been targets overseas, which highlights the need for Australia to be prepared.
To view the guidelines, visit the Publications page. For more information on how you can be prepared visit the Security and your community page.
The new campaign, ‘If it doesn’t add up, speak up,’ targets all Australians to remind us that everyone can help keep Australia safe by calling the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness amongst all communities of the need to be vigilant, to note suspicious activity, and to report it to the National Security Hotline.
Calls to the Hotline have already contributed to investigations and initiated new ones.
Find out more on the national security campaign page.
Australia’s current threat level is PROBABLE .
Even if you think it’s probably nothing, the smallest piece of information can be valuable. Everyone can play a part by reporting anything suspicious to the National Security Hotline.
Find out more on the role of state and territory governments and their counter-terrorism arrangements.