What is terrorism?
A terrorist act is an act or a threat to commit an act that is done with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause and intimidating the public or coercing or influencing the government by intimidation.
The current security environment
The National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is a scale of five levels that informs the public on the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia. The system provides information on what the threat level means, where the threat is coming from, potential targets and how a terrorist act may be carried out.
The current National Terrorism Threat Level is
meaning 'Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies, indicates that individuals or groups have limited intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.'
While Australia remains a potential terrorist target, there are fewer violent extremists with the intention to conduct an attack in Australia than there were when the threat level was raised in 2014.