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Countering violent extremism

The NSW Government is working with the Australian and other State and Territory Governments to strengthen Australia's resilience to radicalisation. This will assist individuals to disengage from violent extremist influences and beliefs which support the use of violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.

Efforts to counter violent extremism are complex as they range from programs designed to support the broad objective of community resilience through to security programs specifically targeted at people that have been radicalised to violent extremism (or are at risk of such radicalisation).

Both the NSW Police Force and Multicultural NSW work closely with a range of communities on this issue.

  • The NSW Police Force has a dedicated Engagement Intervention Unit that work closely with NSW communities to promote social cohesion, positive partnerships and provide the liaison between the Command and communities.
  • Multicultural NSW is also in close consultation with communities affected by overseas conflicts in an effort to address the local impacts on families, community safety, and social cohesion.

The national approach to counter violent extremism aims to reduce the potential for a homegrown terrorist attack through building a more resilient Australia that is less vulnerable to the processes of radicalisation, and assisting individuals to disengage from violent extremist influences.

To find out more about countering violent extremism, you can refer to the Living Safer Together website