Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy is a Council of Australian Governments document that outlines the current terrorist threat that Australia is facing, and what our governments are doing about 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.

Published July 2015.

Review of the Commonwealth’s counter terrorism arrangements

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has released the Review of the Commonwealth’s counter terrorism (CT) arrangements to ensure that the CT arrangements are as well-organised, targeted and effective as possible. The report is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Tabled February 2015.

Martin Place Siege: Joint Commonwealth—New South Wales Review

This review, jointly commissioned by the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of New South Wales the day following the end of the siege, is the first official government review of the incident. The review analysed the events that led up to the siege and the range of interactions Man Haron Monis had with agencies including the criminal justice system, beginning with his arrival in Australia. The review is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Terrorism financing in Australia 2014

AUSTRAC has released the Terrorism financing in Australia 2014 report to strengthen the national response to the serious threat of terrorism financing by improving industry and public awareness. The report uses real cases and intelligence to present a consolidated picture of Australian terrorism financing risks, vulnerabilities and methods. The report is available on the AUSTRAC website.

Tabled September 2014.

ASIO report to Parliament 2014–15

The ASIO report to Parliament 2014–15 is a publicly available version of the highly classified ASIO Annual Report, and provides insight into ASIO’s outcomes and activities. It is available on the ASIO website.

Tabled October 2015.

Guide to Australia’s National Security Capability

The Guide to Australia’s National Security Capability provides an overview of Australia’s national security capability planning. It identifies the functions performed by the national security community and how these achieve the objectives outlined in the government’s national security strategy released in 2013.

Published August 2013.

Guide to Australia’s National Security Capability [PDF 456MB]
Guide to Australia’s National Security Capability [DOC 1.4MB]

Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering

The Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering aims to increase understanding of the threat that active shooter incidents pose and seeks to illustrate the key role that the private sector can play in developing and implementing informed prevention, preparedness, response and recovery arrangements to reduce the risks posed by such a threat.

Second edition published 2015.

Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering [PDF 2MB]
Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering [DOCX 67KB]

Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix A [PDF 267KB]
Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix A [DOCX 84KB]
Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix B [PDF 296KB]
Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix B [DOCX 86KB]
Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix C [PDF 318KB]
Active shooter guidelines for places of mass gathering—Appendix C [DOCX 90KB]

Defence White Paper 2013

The Australian Government brought forward the delivery of the white paper to address a number of significant international and domestic developments influencing Australia’s national security and defence posture since the 2009 Defence White Paper. The white paper is available on the Department of Defence website.

Published May 2013.

National Counter-Terrorism Plan

The National counter-terrorism plan sets out Australia’s strategic approach to preventing and dealing with acts of terrorism in Australia. It outlines how the combined resources of law enforcement, security, intelligence and emergency service agencies are used to prevent and deal with terrorist incidents or threats.

Third edition published 2012.

NOTE: The National Counter-Terrorism Plan is currently under review. The plan refers to the National Terrorism Public Alert System. This system has been replaced by the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System.

National counter-terrorism plan—Third edition [PDF 512KB]
National counter-terrorism plan—Third edition [DOC 844KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws

This brochure explains Australia’s counter-terrorism laws and includes information on terrorist act offences, terrorist organisations and related offences, preventative detention, investigating a terrorist offence, control orders and terrorism financing. It is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Malaysian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Published 2011.

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—English [PDF 72KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—English [DOC 1.82MB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Arabic [PDF 861KB
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Arabic [DOC 296KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Chinese [PDF 888KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Chinese [DOC 72KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—French [PDF 717KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—French [DOC 98KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Indonesian [PDF 713KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Indonesian [DOC 96KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Malaysian [PDF 712KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Malaysian [DOC 72KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Spanish [PDF 739KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Spanish [DOC 73KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Turkish [PDF 821KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Turkish [DOC 94KB]

Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Vietnamese [PDF 827KB]
Australia’s counter-terrorism laws—Vietnamese [DOC 90KB]

National Guidelines for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure from Terrorism

The National guidelines for the protection of critical infrastructure from terrorism provide the framework for a national, consistent approach for governments and business in protecting critical infrastructure.

Second edition published 2015.

National Guidelines for Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Terrorism [PDF 2MB]
National Guidelines for Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Terrorism [DOCX 170KB]

National Security Public Information Guidelines

The National security public information guidelines provide a framework for the Australian Government and state and territory agencies responsible for public information and media activities relating to national security issues and incidents.

Published June 2010.

NOTE: The National Security Public Information Guidelines are currently under review. The guidelines refer to the National Terrorism Public Alert System. This system has been replaced by the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System.

National security public information guidelines [PDF 30KB]
National security public information guidelines [DOC 590KB]

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy outlines the Australian Government’s approach to critical infrastructure resilience. It is available on the Trusted Information Sharing Network website.

Published May 2015.

Good security good business

This booklet outlines how you can make your business more resilient by understanding how your business operates, identifying and evaluating risks, and developing emergency and continuity plans. In short, making security planning an integral part of your business.

Published 2008.

Good security good business [PDF 859KB]
Good security good business [DOC 73KB]

Living Safe Together website

Living Safe Together is an Australian Government website providing information on what communities and the Australian Government are doing to build resilient communities that take action against violent extremism. It includes some information and adviceinformation about projects Australia-wide and how to get involved, and some resources.

COAG communique (December 2015)

The COAG communique came out of the COAG meeting on 11 December 2015 in which COAG agreed to take forward a range of initiatives to counter violent extremism. These will support families, schools, youth and communities impacted by violent extremism and help young people avoid the risk of online engagement with violent extremists. COAG also agreed to prioritise work to implement nationally consistent legislation on pre-charge detention, consistent with the recommendations of the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC). Leaders also agreed the importance of public messaging to strengthen social cohesion and resilience in communities.