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Advice informs national mitigation measures

Throughout the reporting period, our intelligence and advice informed national measures and whole-of-government efforts to mitigate the terrorist threat to Australians and Australian interests. Notable examples include providing:

  • security advice which informed decisions to impose Temporary Exclusion Orders on a small number of Australians of counter-terrorism interest located overseas, enabling a more controlled return of these individuals to Australia;
  • assessments which informed decisions to cancel Australian passports of individuals linked to extremist groups in the Syria/Iraq conflict and right-wing extremist groups offshore. The passports were cancelled either to prevent travel to conflict regions or to limit the ability of individuals already offshore to travel to a third country;
  • intelligence reporting informing the listing of IS-Somalia and the relisting of al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa‘ida in the Indian Subcontinent, IS-Libya, and IS-Sinai Province as terrorist organisations under Part 5.3 of the Criminal Code;
  • assessments on global terrorist threats that informed Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) public travel advisories and measures to protect Australian interests overseas;
  • threat assessments that informed threat mitigation strategies for crowded public places, and measures to protect Australian critical infrastructure—including aviation, maritime and government facilities;
  • threat assessments, including on terrorist weapons and tactics and the ongoing threat posed by ISIL and al-Qa‘ida, to inform federal, state and territory security responses; and assessments to AusCheck to enable it to mitigate the threat associated with individuals of security concern gaining access to security-controlled places

During the reporting period, we provided:

  • 136 268 access security assessments to AusCheck, including for individuals seeking Aviation Security Identification Cards (ASICs) and Maritime Security Identification Cards (MSICs);
  • 7344 assessments for T20 Cricket World Cup Special Event accreditation; and
  • 12 192 access security assessments of individuals seeking access to security- sensitive chemicals or nuclear sites.