A terrorist organisation is an organisation that:
- a court finds is directly or indirectly engaged in preparing, planning, assisting or fostering the doing of a terrorist act
- the government has listed as a terrorist organisation by regulations.
Listing of terrorist organisations
The government can list an organisation as a terrorist organisation if the Minister for Home Affairs is satisfied that it:
- is engaged in preparing, planning, assisting or fostering the doing of a terrorist act
- advocates the doing of a terrorist act.
An organisation advocates the doing of a terrorist act if it directly or indirectly:
- counsels, promotes, encourages or urges the doing of a terrorist act
- gives instruction on the doing of a terrorist act
- directly praises the doing of a terrorist act, where there is a substantial risk that this praise might lead someone to engage in a terrorist act.
The government can list an organisation for three years. The Minister for Home Affairs may also add or remove the name of an alias to a listed terrorist organisation. The Minister for Home Affairs' decision to list an organisation as a terrorist organisation or add or remove the name of an alias is publicly reviewed by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
You will find listed terrorist organisations on the Australian National Security website.
Offences in relation to terrorist organisations
It is an offence to:
- be a member of a terrorist organisation
- direct the activities of a terrorist organisation
- recruit for a terrorist organisation
- train or receive training from, or participate in training with a terrorist organisation
- acquire funds for, from or to a terrorist organisation
- provide support to a terrorist organisation.
It is also an offence to associate with a listed terrorist organisation. This is subject to certain exemptions. Anyone guilty of terrorist organisation offences can face imprisonment for up to 25 years.
Terrorist organisation offences are detailed in the Criminal Code Act 1995 which is administered by this department.
Freezing assets of organisations
As a member for the United Nations, Australia has obligations to freeze the assets of terrorists and terrorist organisations.
These obligations are implemented through Part 4 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 and the Charter of the United Nations (Terrorism and Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers these Acts.
The National Security Hotline is the single point of contact for the public to report possible signs of terrorism. Every piece of information is treated seriously, as it could be vital in preventing a terrorist act.
The hotline also provides information to callers on a wide range of national security matters.
If you see anything suspicious, report it to the National Security Hotline:
Call: 1800 123 400
From outside Australia: (+61) 1300 123 401
SMS: 0429 771 822
TTY: 1800 234 889