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29 July 2015—Trans-Tasman cooperation to counter the threat of terrorism

Minister for Justice

Trans-Tasman cooperation to counter the threat of terrorism

29 July 2015

In this heightened terrorism threat environment, our long-standing security relationship with New Zealand has never been stronger.

Keeping Australia safe is the Coalition Government’s first priority, and international partnerships play a vital role in national security strategies.

During high level talks with ministerial counterparts in New Zealand this week, I outlined Australia’s legislative changes to counter threats to national security and provided an update on Australia’s approach to countering violent extremism and social inclusion activities following on from the Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism in Sydney in June.

Through the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) we have increased collaboration on policy development, investigative and surveillance techniques, operational tactics and methodologies and information sharing.

A key focus of the ANZCTC is the provision of strategic and policy advice to heads of government and developing an effective trans-Tasman counter-terrorism capability.

Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies on both sides of the Tasman collaborate closely to develop protocols and procedures. 

New Zealand participates in training in Australia relating to command and control, tactical response, negotiations, surveillance, investigations and intelligence skills sets.

This work is vital in the development of operational tactics and methodologies.

The work of the ANZCTC continues to strengthen our ability to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorism.

Our ongoing engagement through the work of the ANZCTC will strengthen our relationship and provide continued benefits to our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to meet the complex security challenges confronting our nations.