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Weapons and tactics

Violent extremists remain attracted to ‘soft’ targets, such as crowds in public places. While the symbolic appeal of attacking a government or authority— such as the military, police and security agencies—remains, easily accessible targets reduce the capability required for an attack.

Any terrorist attack in Australia for at least the next 12 months is more likely to be committed by a single person or a small group using simple methods. The use of basic weapons, improvised explosives and firearms remains more likely. But terrorists are creative—they could use new and innovative weapons and tactics, and more sophisticated attacks are possible.