Australia travel information: Terrorism
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 Nov 2017.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Australia. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
On 5 June 2017, a person was shot dead and another taken hostage in Melbourne.
On 2 October 2015, a gun attack outside the New South Wales Police headquarters in Sydney killed one person in an act of terrorism. The Australian authorities have successfully disrupted a number of planned attacks and made several arrests.
On 26 November 2015, the Australian Government changed its national terrorism threat advisory system. Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is ‘probable’. There have been a number of attacks and disruptions linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) - inspired terrorism.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.
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