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Australia's approach to countering violent extremism is supported by partnerships across all levels of government.

The Australian Government is responsible for coordinating and managing countering violent extremism policy at the national level. We work alongside State, Territory and local governments to take action against violent extremism at the local level.

Social policy agencies

All levels of government have social policies in place which promote social inclusion and prevent marginalisation, including:

  • education and training programs
  • individual support services
  • youth initiatives, including mentoring and job advice
  • family, peers and community support
  • housing
  • community outreach
  • settlement support.

This work is separate from CVE, but these policies contribute to communities' wellbeing, social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. That is why governments are committed to developing stronger links between social policies to make sure that we are working on the social issues that, if left unaddressed, can create vulnerabilities to violent extremism and other social harms.

A range of Australian Government agencies administer social policies including:

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies

Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies provide a range of strategic, intelligence and policing functions to protect us from terrorism, communal violence and other forms of violent extremism.

Law enforcement agencies help to counter violent extremism by providing:

  • community engagement teams to support relationships between police and the community
  • advice and assessment to help develop countering violent extremism policies and programs.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the Australian Government's primary law enforcement agency and plays a key role in national efforts to prevent and investigate terrorism in Australia and overseas. The AFP is actively involved in community engagement initiatives that link directly to countering violent extremism, building social cohesion and increasing resilience in diverse communities. These activities help identify people who may be at risk of radicalisation and help to divert those people away from this pathway. The AFP contributes to whole-of-government initiatives that empower communities to challenge extremist messages and support the non-violent expression of views.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is Australia's national security service. Its main role is to collect, analyse and disseminate security intelligence. Terrorism is a key focus for ASIO, as is espionage and other harmful activities by foreign powers. ASIO conducts a variety of activities to help identify individuals and groups intent on acting out violent extremist beliefs. These activities include building constructive, long-term relationships with influential community and religious figures and associations, and conducting investigations into specific extremists or extremist threats.

State and Territory Governments

Agencies across all levels of government have a shared interest in countering violent extremism and protecting the community. Australian jurisdictions work together to ensure an effective national approach.

State and territory governments have a primary role in delivering activities within their jurisdiction to counter violent extremism by preventing individuals becoming or remaining violent extremists and addressing the social impacts of violent extremism.

State and territory government agencies that are involved in countering violent extremism include: police, departments of justice, multicultural bodies and social policy agencies, many of which have developed specific strategies for countering violent extremism.

State and territory police across the country have been active in developing cooperative relationships with communities and using their local expertise to address important social issues.

In addition, states and territories are involved in coordinated and collaborative work through the Countering Violent Extremism Sub-Committee of the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.

For more information on state and territory CVE policies and programs contact CVESCSecretariat@homeaffairs.gov.au