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Academic research is crucial to our understanding of violent extremism, including the reasons for individuals becoming radicalised.

We are working with the research community to strengthen our understanding of the causes of violent extremism and to support us in guiding our countering violent extremism program of work. One of the first steps we took, in conjunction with the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, was to commission a literature review undertaken by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation  in 2010 that canvassed existing countering violent extremism research and identified future research priorities.

The Australian Government has applied this research to help us design initiatives that address violent extremism.