The Australian Government is committed to preventing violent extremism—that is, the use or support of violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.
Countering violent extremism (CVE) is a shared effort between all Australian governments. The objective of the countering violent extremism program is to combat the threat posed by all forms of violent extremism in Australia and to discourage Australians from travelling overseas to participate in conflicts. The Department of Home Affairs coordinates this comprehensive national approach.
Australian governments and communities work together to build resilience to all forms of violent extremism, whether politically, religiously or racially motivated. Every day, federal, state and territory government agencies are working with communities and forming vital partnerships.
The Australian Government's approach comprises four complementary streams of activity:
- building strength in diversity and social participation
- early intervention, disengagement and reintegration
- targeted work with vulnerable communities and institutions
- addressing terrorist propaganda online.
Building strength in diversity and social participation
- Addressing the societal drivers that can lead to disengagement and isolation
- Settlement and multicultural community initiatives, and other social policy program to enhance Australia's social cohesion by supporting community harmony, migrant integration and strengthening economic participation
- Providing information and resources to help the public understand, identify and address radicalisation to violent extremism, including through the Living Safe Together website.
Early intervention, disengagement, and reintegration
- Empowering communities to identify and support individuals that may be vulnerable to violent extremist views and behaviours
- Funding mentoring, training and education programs for young that build resilience to violent extremist influences
- Funding intervention programs to help people move away from violent ideologies and reconnect with their communities.
Targeted work with vulnerable communities and institutions
- Support for vulnerable communities to help them identify and prevent people from moving down the path of radicalisation to violence
- Development of tailored information resources and training packages
- Work with state and territory governments to develop and implement programs to rehabilitate people imprisoned for terrorism related offences, as well as prevent the radicalisation of other prisoners.
Addressing terrorist propaganda online
Addressing violent extremism online and challenging terrorist propaganda by limiting its appeal, reducing access to extremist material and empowering community voices to combat extremist narratives.
For more information on how communities and governments are working together to counter violent extremism, visit the Living Safe Together website.
The Safe and Together Community Grants Program
The Safe and Together Community Grants Program (the Program) was announced in February 2022, as part of the Australian Government’s $61.7 million investment in measures to build a safer, resilient and more united Australia.
The aim of the Program is to enable communities and organisations to deliver activities and programs to support, at the earliest possible stage, individuals who may be vulnerable to developing violent extremist views and behaviours.
The principles underlying the Program are to:
- strengthen communities’ resilience to violent extremism, including in regional and rural Australia
- encourage localised initiatives to support vulnerable individuals (and specifically young people) to reject radicalisation and reduce the risk of becoming violent
- build grassroots partnerships between the Commonwealth and community organisations to enhance understanding of violent extremism, including early identification and referral pathways.
Up to $2.5 million in grants is available through Round One of the Program for community organisations to undertake activities that:
- strengthen the Australian community’s broader awareness of and resistance to extremism
- empower communities and families to engage with vulnerable young people
- support individuals and their families who are successfully disengaging from extremist views and behaviours.
The intended outcomes of the Program are:
- across Australia, communities will gain a general understanding of the nature of extremism and how to improve individual and community resilience to it
- at all levels, people will work together to identify risks and triggers that may lead vulnerable young people to extremist views and behaviours, and learn how to foster protective factors against those risks
- communities and organisations will be skilled in engaging and facilitating discussion with young people about violent extremist issues
- vulnerable young people are referred to appropriate support programs at an early stage, to reduce the risk of them becoming violent.
Applications for Round One closed in January 2023.
For more information about Round One, including selection outcomes, visit
Information about future rounds will be posted on this website.
Community information sessions about the Program
To help community organisations learn more about the Program, the Department of Home Affairs held community information sessions in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
These community information sessions provided community organisations:
- an opportunity to understand the Program
- details on the categories of activities the Program will be funding
- guidance on how to prepare a grant application for the Program.
CVECommunityGrants@homeaffairs.gov.au if you have any questions about the Program.
Safe and Together Community Grants Program: Community Information sessions
This is a video of one of the community information sessions delivered for the Safe and Together Community Grants Program.
For more information on how communities and governments are working together to counter violent extremism, visit the
Living Safe Together website.