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 National Security Hotline statistics

Members of the public contact the National Security Hotline (NSH) by phone, email and SMS.

The types of reports provided to the NSH vary, though they typically fall under one of the following categories:

  • Information—provided on anything related to national security, criminal activity, ethical standards, suspicious behaviour, vehicles or residences, reporting online terrorist/extremist content and other activities. These are forwarded to the relevant policing and intelligence agencies for further investigation. The outcome of these reports is not available to the hotline.
  • Assurance—regarding Australia’s national security and counter-terrorism arrangements, requests for information regarding security for specific events or domestic travel advice and seeking reassurance to attend events.
  • Campaign— persons reporting suspicious activity where there is not enough information to forward onto law enforcement agencies. This also includes nuisance and prank contacts.

Total numbers of reports to the NSH since 2014 are available below:

Current year (2020)​

Month Total number
 of reports
​October 2915​
​September 3400​
​August 3346​
July 3002
June 2634
May 2163
April 2113
March 2718
February 1796
January 1926

Previous years

Year Total number
of reports
2019 30,064
2018 30,166
2017 27,715
2016 25,458
2015 27,733
201​4 19,193