The Government is investing in our national security to keep Australians secure and continue the fight against global terrorism
INVESTING IN OUR SECURITY
The Government will provide $450 million to strengthen Australia’s intelligence capabilities, including updating information technology systems and to counter extremist messaging.
This includes $131 million to help the telecommunications sector upgrade its systems to retain metadata for two years. Metadata is essential to most counter-terrorism investigations and for detecting and prosecuting other serious crimes.
Another $22 million will be used to combat terrorist propaganda and counter violent extremism, especially over the internet and social media.
SECURITY IN ACTION
Australia’s military personnel are part of the international coalition leading the fight against terrorism.
Defence funding of $31 billion in 2015-16 will build Australia’s forces and give them cutting edge technology and equipment.
There will be an extra $750 million to extend and expand Australia’s military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.
Australia’s military personnel also play an important role in maintaining regional stability and security through international peacekeeping, humanitarian operations and disaster relief. Recent efforts include operations in Nepal and Vanuatu.
New legislation will make it easier to stop Australians joining or supporting terrorist organisations and to prosecute those who do.
Additional funding for advanced technology and training will continue to ensure Australia’s border is secure.
Foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and Iraq, and those who support them in Australia, are being monitored closely.
At home, Australia’s security and law enforcement agencies now have the resources and powers they need to give them the best chance of preventing attacks in Australia and on Australians.
Australia’s security agencies continue to work closely with community leaders throughout Australia to identify and divert people at risk of joining terrorist organisations.
The Government is improving our counter-terrorism capabilities in this region by expanding engagement with international law and justice agencies.
Australia’s security and law enforcement agencies are working closely together and across state and territory boundaries to ensure a safer Australia.
In recent months, we have increased our international liaison efforts to share knowledge and experience in combating the global threats we face.