Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Counter-terrorism role

  • Ensure a comprehensive and integrated policy approach to combating terrorism internationally, including by recommending to Ministers priorities for international counter-terrorism engagement
  • Build international links by leading negotiations on counter-terrorism cooperation and holding regular consultations with other countries
  • Support and develop international initiatives that build resilience against extremist groups that advocate terrorist activity
  • Promote and support international initiatives that build social cohesion, including interfaith outreach activities
  • Support and coordinate capacity building initiatives managed by relevant Australian agencies
  • Research and advise Ministers on the implications of international terrorism developments
  • Promote and support activities to counter the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism
  • Promote enhanced measures to ensure the security of explosive materials
  • Coordinate efforts to ensure Australia’s effective implementation of its obligations under United Nations counter-terrorism instruments
  • Manage the listing of individuals and organisations under Australia’s terrorist proscription and asset freezing regime