Keeping Australia safe
The Government is committed to protecting Australians from the threat of terrorism
The Government is doing everything in its power to keep Australians safe and secure.
The Government is investing $1.2 billion in new funding for national security in this Budget, building on the $1 billion of funding announced last year.
The effect of new measures has already been felt, with greater coordination and new frontline personnel and equipment helping to protect Australians from harm.
In this Budget, the Government will invest $450 million in new intelligence measures to protect Australia and Australians.
$296 million will be invested in new information technology capabilities for our intelligence agencies, to help them to collect and use information more effectively.
$131 million to assist the telecommunications industry to upgrade its systems to implement the Government’s metadata retention policy.
Law enforcement agencies use metadata to detect and prosecute serious crimes, including terrorism and crimes against children.
$22 million will be provided to combat extremist propaganda on the internet and social media.
In this Budget, $750 million has been provided to extend and expand Australia’s military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.
Australian personnel in Iraq are playing a key role in countering violent extremism at its source. $382 million will be provided to continue our involvement with the international coalition assisting Iraq.
Australia will provide 300 personnel to train and rebuild the Iraqi security forces as part of the Building Partner Capacity mission.