Key elements of Australia’s international counter-terrorism efforts include:
- Bilateral engagement, particularly government-to-government practical cooperation with key partners. We support a range of capability development and capacity building activities with bilateral partners, particular in the Indo-Pacific Region. Australia has also concluded Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on counter-terrorism with Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Brunei, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and France. The MOUs provide frameworks to develop a sense of common purpose, share information, and facilitate practical counter-terrorism activities.
- Multilateral and regional engagement in forums such as the United Nations, the Association of South East Asian Nations, the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Pacific Island Forum, the Global Counterterrorism Forum and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism to strengthen international counter-terrorism cooperation and coordination of capacity building efforts across the world.
- Australia is the co-chair with Indonesia of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s Detention and Reintegration Working Group. The Working Group will host a series of initiatives aimed at promoting capacity building in the management, rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist prisoners.
- Engagement with Australian and international think-tanks, academia and the private sector.