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The Australian Government has invested heavily in work that helps prevent violent extremism and supports building strong, resilient communities.

Community Programs

Building resilience to violent extremism is a long-term challenge that requires the combined efforts of governments and communities. One of the best methods to build resilience is through education and awareness. The Australian Government has worked with state and territory governments, and non-government organisations to develop a range of information and training materials, including:

  1. Community Awareness Training which provides information on how to recognise anti-social behaviours (including radicalisation to violent extremism) and provides prevention strategies and guidance on where to go for support.
  2. Radicalisation Awareness Kit which was designed to help Australians understand violent extremism and how to respond to it.
  3. Information and training for frontline officials which includes tailored CVE awareness training materials that have been developed for school leadership teams, health professionals, police, prison staff, and other front line officials to ensure they can recognise early warning signs and provide appropriate forms of support, including referring at-risk individuals to intervention services where appropriate.

Intervention Programs

The Living Safe Together Intervention Program ensures that Australian State and Territory agencies have the capacity to identify, assess and deliver individualised plans for people who are at risk of becoming involved with violent extremism, to reconnect them with their family, friends and local communities.

There is a CVE Intervention Coordinator in every State and Territory of Australia. The Intervention Coordinators help to make sure that people are properly assessed so that we understand how to best support that individual. The assessment considers the individual and asks: how did they get to this point? What might help them to channel their energies in a more positive direction? What kinds of services, role models and relationships could assist them? Depending on the needs that are identified in the assessment, the Intervention Coordinator will connect the individual with relevant services such as mentoring and coaching, counselling, or education. Individuals are regularly reviewed to assess progress.

Rehabilitation Programs

Rehabilitating individuals who have already engaged in violent extremism reduces the risk of future violence.

Australia has a small but increasing number of terrorism offenders, and a small cohort of other offenders who may be engaged with violent extremist ideologies.

Working on rehabilitation may also reduce the likelihood that such individuals, including convicted terrorists, will influence others to be involved with violent extremism.

The Australian Government is working together with State and Territory Governments to deliver programs that manage and rehabilitate high-risk offenders. Our goal is to help them successfully reintegrate into society where possible.

The Australian Government is also taking a number of steps manage terrorist offenders who have not rehabilitated. An offender can be detained after their sentence has ended if a court determines that they continue to pose an unacceptable risk to the community.