Senator The Hon George Brandis QC
Minister for Justice
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism
The Hon Michael Keenan MP
The public advice accompanying the National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia has been updated to reflect recent events here and overseas and help our community better understand the terrorism threat. The threat level remains unchanged at PROBABLE.
The Government is constantly reviewing the threat environment, which includes updating the information provided to the public.
This latest update to the public advice notes that:
- Australia has experienced one terror-related attack and five disrupted plots so far in 2016;
- The preeminent threat is from individuals or small groups who use simple attack methodologies; and
- Lone actor threats are not exclusive to Islamist extremism, with a right-wing extremist arrested and charged with terrorism-related offences in Melbourne this year.
The continuing threat level of PROBABLE reflects credible intelligence that individuals or groups have developed both an intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.
Since the threat level was raised in September 2014, Australia has experienced four terror-related attacks and 11 major disruptions of imminent attack planning.
Our law enforcement and security agencies are among the best in the world and are well supported by the Government’s comprehensive counter-terrorism legislation reforms.
All suspicious incidents should be reported to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.
More information is available on the Australian National Security website.