Countering Terrorism

The NSW Police Force is committed to engaging with the community on counter terrorism issues.

As the lead agency for counter terrorism in NSW, we seek to improve community understanding of the terrorism arrangements in NSW and address any community concern relating to terrorism powers legislation.

Australia's current National Terrorism Threat Level is POSSIBLE. This is because there are a small number of people in Australia and overseas who want to cause Australia harm.

You don't need to change your daily behaviour or activities, but it is important to be aware of current advice from police or guidance from Government authorities regarding changes to the threat level.

National Threat Advisory System

National Terrorism Threat Level is set in accordance with the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System - a five-tier, colour coded, National Terrorism Threat scale which informs the public about the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia. It enables authorities, businesses, and individuals to take appropriate measures for their own safety and security as well as that of their family, friends and associates.

Alert level chart

National Terrorism Threat Level of POSSIBLE means that while Australia remains a potential target of a terrorist attack there are fewer violent extremists with the intention to conduct an attack onshore. The factors that led to an elevation of the terrorism threat level in 2014 no longer exist or persist to a lesser degree.

What should you do?

In the current environment, Australians should go about their daily business as usual but should exercise caution and be aware of events immediately around them.

If you see, hear or become aware of something suspicious or unusual, call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. Every call is important and could prevent a terrorist attack in Australia.

For an emergency contact Triple Zero (000), and to report information about crime in confidence contact CRIME STOPPERS 1800 333 000.

Refer to the Australian National Security website for further information on:

The NSW Police Force Facebook page will carry regular updates every time fresh information comes to hand. Just search for then follow NSW Police Force within Facebook.

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