Counterterrorism bills pass Parliament

The Parliament has passed bills to allow law enforcement agencies to manage the way Australians who may have links to terrorist groups re-enter Australia, with the introduction of a temporary exclusion order (TEO) scheme to delay their return.

Aug 7, 2019

The TEO may apply for up to 2 years, although it does not permanently stop re-entry to Australia, and a person suspected of terrorist links can request a return permit. The Minister for Home Affairs can order a TEO if they suspect that it would help prevent terrorism, or if the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation assesses that a person is a risk to national security. A TEO will not apply to a person younger than 14, and for those aged 14 to 17, the minister must take their best interests into account. A system will be set up to allow an independent authority to review any TEO decisions.  

Introducing the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019 and a related bill, the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, told the House of Representatives, ‘Keeping Australian communities safe from those who seek to do us harm is, and will continue to be, the Australian government's No. 1 priority … It is essential that Australian authorities have the capacity to manage the risk of persons returning to Australia from foreign conflict zones.’