Terrorism in Australia

The risk of terrorist attacks in Australia over the past years can be classified as almost insignificant. Compared to other countries here are only quite a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 24 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 6 people have been killed and 8 injured.

In 1 incedents a total of 18 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

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Most frequent attack targets in Australia

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Religious institutions12010
Police4320
Business33418
Private citizens3010
Journalists & Media1000


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
New South Wales115618
Victoria8120
Queensland3000
Western Australia2000


Terrorist organisations in Australia

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Informal Anarchist Federation3000
Jihadi-inspired extremists1010


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.