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Terrorist act offences

It is a terrorist act offence to:

  • commit a terrorist act
  • plan or prepare for a terrorist act
  • finance terrorism or a terrorist
  • provide or receive training connected with terrorist acts
  • possess things connected with terrorist acts
  • collect or make documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts.

A person may be convicted of a terrorist act offence if they:

  • intend to commit one of these offences
    or
  • were reckless as to whether their actions would amount to one of these offences.

For example, someone may be found guilty of a terrorist act offence where they intentionally prepared or planned a terrorist act but did not actually commit it themselves.

A person may still commit a terrorist act offence even though a terrorist act did not occur.

Division 101 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code) details terrorist act offences under Australian law.  This department administers this Act.