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Counter terrorism

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Counter-Terrorism Branch: Our role

Together with the Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, the role of the Counter-Terrorism Branch is to:

  • Ensure a comprehensive policy approach to combating terrorism internationally, including by recommending to Ministers priorities for international counter-terrorism engagement
  • Build and maintain international links by leading negotiations on counter-terrorism cooperation and holding regular consultations with partner countries
  • Support and coordinate capacity-building initiatives by Australian agencies
  • Support and develop international initiatives that build resilience against violent extremist groups and build social cohesion
  • Support Australia's security interests through effective international approaches to managing foreign terrorist fighters
  • Coordinate efforts to ensure Australia's effective implementation of its obligations under United Nations counter-terrorism instruments
  • Manage the listing of individuals and organisations under Australia's terrorist asset freezing regime
Last Updated: 12 February 2019
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