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Countering extremism and terrorism

Centre for Counter-Terrorism Coordination

​The Centre for Counter-Terrorism Coordination (the CCTC) oversees all efforts to prevent and counter terrorism in Australia. It advises on the full spectrum of counter-terrorism issues from challenging extremist ideologies through to effective response and recovery in the event of a terrorist attack.

The CCTC also provides secretariat support to the Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for important intergovernmental forums, including the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.

On 20 December 2017, the Department of Home Affairs, and the wider portfolio, was officially stood up. The CCTC transferred from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to the Department of Home Affairs.


  • Australian National Security – Australian Government website providing national security advice and information.
  • Martin Place Siege: Joint Commonwealth - New South Wales Review (January 2015) – Review, jointly conducted by the Commonwealth and NSW governments, analysing what lessons could be learned from the events leading up to and surrounding the Martin Place siege.
  • Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery (January 2015) – Review of the Commonwealth's counter-terrorism (CT) arrangements to ensure they remain well-organised, targeted and effective as possible.
  • Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Strengthening our Resilience (2015) – A Council of Australian Governments (COAG) document outlining the current terrorist threat that Australia is facing, and what our governments are doing about it. It focusses on five core elements: challenging violent extremist ideologies, stopping people from becoming terrorists, shaping the global environment to counter-terrorism, disrupting terrorist activity within Australia and having effective responses and recovery should an attack occur.
  • Australia’s National Counter-Terrorism Plan (2017) – Outlines the arrangements, governance and operational responsibilities of Australian governments and agencies engaged in countering terrorism. It sits below and complements Australia's Counter-Terrorism Strategy and sets the framework for preventative activities, the response to, investigation of, and recovery from, terrorist acts and the preparations to support these activities.
  • Special Meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on Counter-Terrorism (October 2017) – Communique of the Special Meeting of COAG where leaders agreed a package of legislative and practical measures that will further strengthen Australia's nationally consistent approach to countering the evolving terrorist threat and help make Australians safer.
  • Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism (2017) – A strategy to protect the lives of people working in, using, and visiting crowded places by making these places more resilient to terrorism. It includes a suite of supplementary materials to assist owners and operators understand and implement protective security measures.
  • Living Safe Together – Australian Government website providing information on what communities and the Australian Government are doing to build resilient communities that take action against violent extremism.