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The Australian Government recognises the vital role that all Australians play in countering violent extremism at the grassroots level, and is committed to supporting their efforts.

More people from more countries have come to Australia to start a new life than almost any other nation and we have been able to maintain strong social cohesion.

Community leaders and groups continue to promote and protect strong, resilient communities that resist and reject violent extremism by working to:

  • advance a cohesive and inclusive Australia through local community services
  • identify and support vulnerable people through referral and counselling programs
  • undertake youth support initiatives, including mentoring, training, education and sport programs
  • encourage positive and constructive civic participation in Australia's political processes.

For more information on community networks, see the How communities are helping page.