|Proven and alleged terrorist plots in Australia since September 2014 (last updated 22 August 2022)
|Month of incident
||Melbourne-based teenager Numan Haider was inspired by Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani’s global call to arms and stabbed two Victorian Joint Counter-Terrorism Team (JCTT) officers before being fatally shot.
Finding – Inquest into the Death of Ahmad Numan Haider, 31 July 2017.
||Harun Man Monis used a shotgun to take hostages in the Lindt Café in Sydney shortly after pledging allegiance online to Islamic State. The 12-hour siege ended with the deaths of two hostages and Monis.
Martin Place Siege: Joint Commonwealth – New South Wales Review, 22 February 2015;
Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café siege, May 2017.
||Fifteen-year old Farhad Jabar, who belonged to a group of Sydney-based Islamic State supporters, used a handgun to murder NSW police employee Curtis Cheng at Parramatta Police Station before being fatally shot. One accomplice, Raban Alou, pleaded guilty to a terrorism offence for conspiring in the murder. In March 2018, he was sentenced to 44 years imprisonment. Another accomplice, Talal Alameddine, pleaded guilty to supplying the handgun and was sentenced in May 2018 to 7 years’ and 2 months imprisonment. Milad Atai, who also pleaded guilty to a role in the murder, was sentenced in November 2018 to 38 years imprisonment. Mustafa Durani has also been found guilty of being part of the conspiracy, and was sentenced in August 2019 to 28 years imprisonment.
Two men arrested in relation to Curtis Cheng murder, 15 October 2015;
Two charged in Operation Peqin, 22 March 2016;
Man charged with firearm offence and breach of bail, 21 December 2016;
Four men charged with plotting Curtis Cheng terror attack, 27 April 2017;
Plan of Attack: the making of a teenage terrorist, 23 November 2015;
R v Alou (No. 4)  NSWSC 221 (1 March 2018);
R v Atai (No. 2)  NSWSC 1797 (23 November 2018);
R v Alameddine (No. 3)  NSWSC 681 (18 May 2018);
R v Dirani (No. 34)  NSWSC 1005 (9 August 2019).
||Ihsas Khan, inspired in part by Islamic State, stabbed a member of the public in the Sydney suburb of Minto. He acknowledged that he committed the stabbing but pleaded not guilty to terrorism offences on mental health grounds. On 2 May 2019 he was found guilty, and on 5 June 2019 he was sentenced to 36 years imprisonment.
Man charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder – Joint Counter Terrorism Team, 11 September 2016;
Ihsas Khan found guilty of stabbing his neighbour in Sydney terror attack, 2 May 2019;
R v Khan (No 11)  NSWSC 594 (5 June 2019).
Islamic State supporters Abdullah Chaarani, Ahmed Mohamed and Hatim Moukhaiber carried out an arson attack against a Shia mosque (the Imam Ali Islamic Centre) in Melbourne on 11 December 2016. They were charged with terrorism offences (possibly under the Victorian JCTT’s Operation Kastelhom) and were found guilty in May 2019. Abdullah Chaarani and Ahmed Mohamed were also found guilty of a failed attempt to firebomb the Shia mosque sixteen days before their successful attempt, and they had earlier been found guilty of involvement in the December 2016 Christmas Day bombing plot (mentioned below). On 24 July 2019 the three of them were given prison sentences ranging from 16 years to 22 years.
I am treating this one as tentative. The incident does not appear to be included in the ASIO figure of “seven attacks” in Australia since September 2014 (as of April 2019), possibly because politically-motivated arson attacks do not normally result in terrorism charges. I’ve included it here because of the court outcome, but I personally think of this incident as an act of violent extremism (and a hate crime) rather than a clear act of terrorism. Also, treating this arson attack as a separate terrorist incident to the Christmas Day bombing plot, when the events involved two of the same people and occurred almost within the same fortnight, risks double-counting.
Three men to be charged with committing a terrorist act, 20 August 2017;
‘IS-inspired’ trio face terror charges over arson at Melbourne Shiite centre, 20 August 2017;
Fawkner mosque arsonists were also behind Melbourne Christmas terror plot, 9 May 2019;
The Queen v Mohamed, Chaarani & Moukhaiber  VSC 498 (24 July 2019);
Chaarani & Ors v The Queen  VSCA 88 (17 April 2020).
||Yaqcub Khayre used a shotgun to murder a hotel clerk in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, before taking a hostage and seeking media and police attention. After the police arrived, he fired at them and was shot dead. He had claimed that the action was in the name of both al-Qaeda and Islamic State.
Understanding Australia’s Brighton siege terror attack, 14 July 2017.
||Inspired by Islamic State, Bangladeshi student Momena Shoma stabbed a man in Melbourne’s Mill Park. She has pleaded guilty to a terrorism offence, and on 5 June 2019 she was sentenced to 42 years imprisonment.
Woman charged following terrorism-related stabbing in Mill Park, 10 February 2018;
Accused IS-inspired stabber Momena Shoma appears in court, 3 May 2018;
Bangladeshi student’s lone wolf terror attack in Melbourne left daughter with flashbacks, victim says, 30 January 2019;
The Queen v Shoma  VSC 367 (5 June 2019).
||Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, inspired by Islamic State, drove a vehicle laden with gas canisters into Melbourne’s Bourke Street, set it on fire, and stabbed multiple members of the public. He murdered one person and injured two others before being fatally shot by police.
Revealed: Bourke Street attacker’s plan and why it failed, 10 November 2018;
Bourke Street attacker Hassan Khalif Shire Ali was radicalised and inspired by IS, police say, 12 November 2018;
Findings into death with inquest – Inquest into the deaths of Sestilio Malaspina and Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 28 June 2021.
On the morning of 30 October 2020, Momena Shoma, in prison for having perpetrated the terrorist attack in February 2018, attacked an inmate with a pair of gardening shears. She sought to kill the prisoner, but failed. She had been planning the attack for eight months and had been writing letters to people, including other prisoners sympathetic to Islamic State, stating that she would never give up her support for the movement. After the stabbing, she wrote to her father saying that she had carried out the stabbing “by order of Islamic State” but this is unlikely to refer to a specific communication, as there is no public evidence that she had communicated with anybody formally inside Islamic State for several years. Shoma pleaded guilty to an act of terrorism, and to being a member of Islamic State, and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, six of which would be added to her previous sentence of 42 years imprisonment. Although this was found by the court to be an act of terrorism, I am a bit cautious about treating a prison stabbing as a terrorist act as it lacks the public element typical of most terrorist attacks.
R v Shoma (No 2)  VSC 797 (3 December 2021)
On Wednesday 16 December 2020, an elderly couple were brutally murdered in their home in the Logan suburb of Parkinson. Around 6:00am the next morning, Queensland Police officers arrived at Logan Motorway after reports a man was walking on the road. The police officers shot and killed the man, alleging that he lunged at them with a knife. Queensland Police later stated that their allegation was supported by the officers’ bodycam footage, which they have provided to the coroner. The bodycam footage will reportedly also be provided to the man’s family after the inquest is completed.
The man who was shot by police was on bail at the time, after being arrested at Brisbane International Airport in May 2019. Police stated that he was “influenced” by Islamic State or al-Shabaab (there are conflicting reports) and that was travelling to Somalia. He was not charged with a terrorism offence, but was charged with a criminal offence for allegedly refusing to provide access to his phone. Police have said that they knew of no prior connection between the man and the elderly couple allegedly murdered by the man, and that the victims were therefore likely chosen randomly in what the police view as an act of terrorism. The man’s family argued that the terrorism conclusion was premature and emphasised the mental health difficulties the man was facing. ASIO has similarly stated that they view this incident as an act of terrorism, while others have similarly argued that this conclusion is premature given that the inquest has not finished. I do not have a firm opinion on this incident, as there is little solid information publicly available and a host of competing claims, so I am will revisit this entry when the coronial inquest proceeds further.
I do not usually take the position that a coronial inquest must be finished before deciding whether I think a particular event fits the definition of terrorism. For example, I wrote about the Lindt Cafe Siege and the Brighton Siege as acts of terrorism without waiting for the inquests to be completed, because in these cases there was enough information in the public domain to enable an outside observer to make a reasonable judgement. For example, Monis and Khayre both called the media as part of their attacks, declared their attacks in the name of Islamic State (and al-Qaeda in Khayre’s case), and both men were already publicly known for earlier extremist activity. However, in this case there is currently far less public information available than there was in the aftermath of the Lindt Café Siege and the Brighton Siege. The violence occurred in a less public manner, and the alleged perpetrator did not make public statements during or before the incident. So I’m waiting to see what comes out of the inquest before forming my own opinion on this one.
Queensland police say alleged Brisbane double-murder being investigated as ‘terrorism event’; 18 December 2020;
Inquest into double murder, cop shooting; 2 March 2022.
On 28 November 2021, a man was arrested at Windang after allegedly firing shots at vehicles and barricading himself inside a shop. He was charged with various offences at the time. However, on 23 February 2022 he was charged under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Bletsoe with having engaged in a terrorist act. Police are alleging that the Windang siege was an act of terrorism, motivated by “nationalist and racist violent extremist ideology” (the term currently used for what was previously called far-right violent extremist ideology). I am including it tentatively until the trial brings clarity to the nature of the incident.
NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team charge man over alleged act of terrorism, 23 February 2022;
NSW gunman radicalised by ‘racist’ ideology before Windang siege, police say, 23 February 2022.
|Month of key arrests
||A Brisbane-based man, Agim Kruezi, plotted to carry out an attack using firearms and Molotov cocktails while in contact with Islamic State supporters in Sydney. Kruezi was arrested under the Queensland JCTT’s Operation Bolton, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 17 years and four months imprisonment.
Further charges laid in counter-terrorism operation, 17 October 2014;
Logan man Agim Kruezi jailed for 17 years over terror plot, 31 July 2018:
The Queen v Agim Kruezi  QSC 806/955 (31 July 2018).
||Omarjan Azari was part of a plot in Sydney to murder random members of the public. Under instructions from Syria-based Australian Islamic State member Mohamed Ali Baryalei, the plan was for the victims to be killed with a blade and for videos of the murders to be sent to Islamic State’s media agency. Azari was arrested under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Appleby, found guilty by a jury, and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
UPDATE: Major Sydney counter terrorism investigation; two charged, 18 September 2014;
The order to kill that triggered Operation Appleby, 19 September 2014;
Sydney man Omarjan Azari spoke of plan to kill seven random Australians a month, terrorism trial told, 24 April 2017;
R v Azari (No 12)  NSWSC 314 (29 March 2019).
|December 2014 to May 2016
||Six Islamic State supporters in Sydney were involved in a plot to attack government buildings, and were arrested over many months in a series of raids which were again part of the NSW JCTT’s Operation Appleby. All six pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison terms that ranged from eight years to 22 years.
Man in court after Operation Appleby arrest, 10 January 2015;
Two Men charged in Operation Appleby investigation, 10 December 2015;
Update on additional charges in Operation Appleby investigation, 10 December 2015; Appleby terror cell a tough nut to crack, says top cop, 25 March 2016;
Operation Appleby investigators arrest Bankstown man, 26 May 2016;
R v Ghazzawy  NSWSC 474 (8 May 2017);
R v Sulayman Khalid; R v Jibryl Almaouie; R v IM; R v Mohamed Rashad Al Maouie; R v Farhad Said  NSWSC 1365;
Khalid v R  NSWCCA 73 (17 April 2020).
||Two Sydney-based men, Omar al-Kutobi and Mohammad Kiad, plotted an attack while in communication with an Islamic State member in Syria (who turned out to be passing information about the plot to an informant). The plot involved firebombing a Shia institution and then attacking one or more people with a blade. Al-Kutobi and Kiad were arrested under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Castrum, pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
Two arrested at Fairfield on terrorism offences, 11 February 2015;
The monsters in the granny flat, 9 September 2017;
R v Al-Kutobi; R v Kiad  NSWSC 1760 (9 December 2016).
||Sevdet Besim plotted to kill police officers in Melbourne on Anzac Day (25 April). He was in communication with two Syria-based Australian Islamic State members and a 14-year-old UK child pretending to be a significant Islamic State member. Besim was arrested in the Victorian JCTT’s Operation Rising, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, later changed on appeal to 14 years.
Media Release: Counter terrorism operation update, 21 April 2016;
Anzac Day terror plot: Blackburn boy sentenced to life, 2 October 2015;
The boy who wanted to spread blood and terror in the Anzac Day parade, 2 October 2015;
The Queen v Besim  VSC 537 (5 September 2016);
DPP (Cth) v Besim  VSCA 158 (23 June 2017).
||An unnamed 17-year-old male (“MHK”) plotted an attack in Melbourne involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) under instructions from Syria-based British Islamic State member Junaid Hussain. Targets are unclear, but there was discussion of a police station or train station. He was arrested under the Victorian JCTT’s Operation Amberd, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, later changed on appeal to 11 years.
Joint Operation Amberd, 9 May 2015;
Melbourne teen partially made explosive device similar to Boston bombings in terror plot, court told, 5 September 2016;
Teenager pleads guilty to planning Mother’s Day terrorist attack in Melbourne, 14 December 2015;
The Queen v M H K  VSC 742 (7 December 2016);
DPP (Cth) v M H K (a Pseudonym)  VSCA 157 (23 June 2017).
||An Islamic State supporting couple, Alo-Bridget Namoa and Sameh Bayda, planned a knife attack in Sydney. The two were arrested under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Chillon, and one was convicted and sentenced for refusing to answer questions. Both then faced trial on terrorism charges and were found guilty by a jury. Sameh Bayda was sentenced to four years imprisonment while Alo-Bridget Namoa was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment.
Man charged after Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation, 26 January 2016;
NSW JCTT charges Auburn woman, 6 February 2016;
JCTT charges 18-year-old woman as part of terrorism investigation, 23 February 2016;
‘Jihadi Bonnie and Clyde’ teens charged with planning Sydney terrorist attack, 8 February 2017;
R v Bayda; R v Namoa (No 8)  NSWSC 24 (31 January 2019).
||An unnamed Sydney-based teenager (“AH”), inspired by Islamic State, plotted to carry out a shooting attack against people attending a memorial service for Anzac Day. He was arrested under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Vianden, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
Teenager charged with a terrorism offence, 25 April 2016;
Western Sydney teenager pleads guilty to planning Anzac Day terror attack, 24 March 2017;
R v AH  NSWSC 973 (22 June 2018).
||A Sydney-based man inspired by Islamic State, Tamim Khaja, plotted to attack targets such as Parramatta Court or an Army or Navy base. He was charged under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Sanandres, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment.
Teenager arrested for terrorism offences, 17 May 2016;
Tamim Khaja, 18, charged with planning terrorist attack over seven-day period, 19 May 2016;
Tamim Khaja pleads guilty to planning Sydney ‘mass murder’ terror attack, 31 October 2017;
R v Khaja (No 5)  NSWSC 238 (2 March 2018).
||A far-right extremist in Melbourne, Phillip Galea, plotted a bomb attack against left-wing activists. He was charged under the Victorian JCTT’s Operation Fortaleza and found guilty on 5 December 2019.
Victorian man arrested in JCTT operation, 8 August 2016;
How Reclaim Australia hid a ‘terrorist, 13-19 August 2016;
‘Patriot’ accused of bomb plans, rewriting terror guide, assures magistrate of sanity, 31 October 2016;
Victorian extremist Phillip Galea planned to bomb leftwing premises, police say, 31 October 2016;
Far-right extremist Phillip Galea found guilty of plotting terror attacks in Melbourne, 5 December 2019.
||NSW prisoner Bourhan Hraichie pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack targeting police in Bankstown. He plotted the attack both before he was imprisoned, and while he was imprisoned. In a separate incident (which did not result in terrorism charges) he attacked his cellmate, carving “e4e” (eye for an eye) into his forehead, and sent the Corrective Services Commissioner a letter declaring that he was inspired by Islamic State. He was charged under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Broughton and pleaded guilty to four offences. On 2 August 2019 he was sentenced for the terrorist plot and for several other violent crimes. His combined sentences will not expire until 2052.
Man charged by NSW JCTT, 14 September 2016;
Man in Goulburn prison allegedly caught planning terrorist act from behind bars, 14 September 2016;
R v Hraichie (No. 1)  NSWSC 319 (25 March 2019);
Inmate boasted of turning cellmate’s forehead into ‘Islamic State sketch pad’, court hears, 26 March 2019;
R v Hraichie (No. 3)  NSWSC 973 (2 August 2019).
||Two unnamed Sydney-based teenagers, inspired by Islamic State, plotted to carry out a violent attack in Sydney using bayonets. They were charged under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Restormal in September 2016. One was found guilty at trial and sentenced on 11 December 2016 to 16 years imprisonment. The other faced a retrial and was found guilty on 7 April 2020. He is yet to be sentenced.
Two arrested in Sydney, 12 October 2016;
Sydney teens charged with terrorism offences – Joint Counter Terrorism Team, 13 October 2016;
Bankstown terror arrest: Teens were about to make ‘final prayers’, police believe, 13 October 2016;
R v HG  NSWSC 1849 (11 December 2018);
Radicalised teen jailed over terror plot, 7 April 2020.
||Four men, Ibrahim Abbas, Hamza Abbas, Abdullah Chaarani and Ahmed Mohamed, plotted to detonate IEDs at popular locations in Melbourne’s central business district. They were charged under the Victorian JCCT’s Operation Kastelhom. Ibrahim Abbas pleaded guilty in February 2018 and was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. The other three were found guilty by a jury on 2 November 2018. Hamza Abbas was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment, while Abdullah Chaarani and Ahmed Mohamed were sentenced to 26 years imprisonment.
Seven people arrested in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne, 23 December 2016;
Three Charged Following Joint Counter Terrorism Operation, 23 December 2016;
Melbourne terrorist plot: What do we know about the alleged foiled Christmas attack?, 23 December 2016;
Second Abbas brother in court over Christmas terror raids, 24 December 2016;
Melbourne trio to stand trial over allegedly planning Christmas Day terrorist attack, 2 August 2017;
The Queen v Abbas  VSC 553 (20 September 2018);
Trio guilty of Melbourne Christmas terror plot, 14 November 2018;
The Queen v Abbas, Chaarani & Mohamed  VSC 775 (29 November 2019).
||Two Sydney men, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat, were accused of plotting to bomb a plane and then to build a chemical dispersal advice under instructions from Islamic State. They were charged with terrorism offences under the NSW JCTT’s Operation Silves and Khaled Khayat was found guilty by a jury on 1 May 2019. The jury could not reach a verdict on Mahmoud Khayat. He faced a retrial and was eventually found guilty. The two men were sentenced on 17 December 2019, Khaled Khayat to 40 years imprisonment and Mahmoud Khayat to 36 years imprisonment.
Four arrested in major counter terrorism operation, 29 July 2017;
UPDATE: Sydney counter-terrorism operation, 30 July 2017;
UPDATE: Sydney counter-terrorism operation – 50-year-old man released, 2 August 2017;
Two Sydney men charged over planned terrorist acts, 3 August 2017;
UPDATE: Sydney counter-terrorism operation – final man released, 6 August 2017;
AFP and NSWP discuss the Two sydney men charged over alleged terrorist acts (video of press conference), 3 August 2017;
New developments in the Islamic State’s external operations: the 2017 Sydney plane plot, 18 October 2017;
Suspected Sydney plane bomb plot ringleader and Australian IS terrorist captured in Iraq, 18 April 2018;
Brothers plead not guilty to Sydney airport meat grinder bomb plot, 4 May 2018;
R v Khaled Khayat; R v Mahmoud Khayat (No 14)  NSWSC 1817 (17 December 2019);
Operation Silves: Inside the 2017 Islamic State Sydney Plane Plot, April 2020.
||Ali Khalif Shire Ali (brother of the Bourke Street terrorist mentioned above) plotted a shooting attack at Federation Square in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. He was arrested under the Victorian JCTT’s Operation San Jose and pleaded guilty on 15 May 2019. He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, later changed on appeal to 16 years imprisonment.
Man arrested in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne, 28 November 2017;
UPDATE: Man arrested in Melbourne counter terrorism operation charged, 28 November 2017;
Arrested Australian terror suspect had British contacts, 28 November 2017;
Further warrants following counter terrorism arrest in Melbourne, 29 November 2017;
‘I thought I was in 007’: Terror plot accused said he was approached by ASIO, 29 November 2017;
Man admits to Federation Square terror plot, 15 May 2019:
How Melbourne teenager Ali Khalif Shire Ali became a terror plotter, 29 November 2019;
R v Ali  VSC 316 (21 May 2020);
DPP (Cth) v Ali  VSCA 330 (18 December 2020).
||Three men in Melbourne plotted a mass shooting attack against a public gathering in the aftermath of the Bourke Street attack. The suspects were arrested under the Victorian JCTT’s Operation Donabate and pleaded guilty. They were all sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
The trial judge was critical of the role played by an undercover police officer, while also emphasising that this did not mean that the men were innocent. I am not listing this one as “tentative”, as the issue in dispute was not whether the plot happened but whether it would have happened if not for the role of the undercover officer in this instance. However, it does raise dilemmas about the legitimate scope of counter-terrorism policing. I participated in a radio program on this. It is an interesting and complex case, and I recommend reading the judge’s decision and seeing what you think.
Three men charged following counter terrorism operation, 20 November 2018;
Melbourne terror attack plot suspects arrested in police raids over mass shooting fears, 21 November 2018;
The Queen v Halis & Ors  VCC 1277 (7 September 2021).
||An unrealistically ambitious plot by an Islamic State supporter, reportedly in contact with individuals overseas, to bomb locations in Sydney. Potential targets included churches and police stations. Three people were arrested in a NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation, one of whom (Isaac el Matari) was charged with preparing an attack. Matari pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment.
Three men charged in NSW JCTT operation, 3 July 2019;
‘Wannabe ISIS warrior at heart of church, consulate bomb plot’, 3 July 2019;
NSW Police charge two men after Sydney terror raids, alleged mastermind still being interviewed, 3 July 2019;
Sydney counter-terror raids: third man charged over alleged Islamic State-inspired terror plot, 3 July 2019;
R v El Matari  NSWSC 1260 (11 October 2021).
|Month of key arrests
||Far-right extremists allegedly plotted a terrorist attack involving firearms or improvised explosive devices. Two men were arrested under a New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation on March 2020 and charged with terrorism offences, while a third was charged with a weapons offence. It is not currently clear what has happened with the trial of the two men accused of plotting an attack.
NSW south coast man charged with terrorism offences, 16 March 2020;
Man charged after allegedly planning terror attack on NSW South Coast, 16 March 2020;
Second NSW South Coast man charged with a terrorism offence, 21 March 2020;
Third man charged following operational activity on the NSW South Coast, 23 March 2020;
Bail refused for third man charged after counter-terrorism operation on NSW South Coast, 23 March 2020;
Terror-accused brothers’ jury discharged, 26 June 2022.
||A former journalist in Queensland was charged for allegedly preparing a terrorist attack in the Bundaberg region and seeking firearms training. This is a strange case and the details are currently very unclear. He is facing trial.
Queensland man charged with terrorism offence, 28 November 2020;
Queensland man charged with terrorism offences, 28 November 2020.
||Alleged terrorist plot by a prisoner in Sydney, reportedly inspired by Islamic State. Details very unclear at this stage. He was charged by the NSW JCTT as part of Operation Zellaer and is facing trial.
Man charged with planning terrorist attacks in NSW, 19 February 2021;
Terror plot planned from inside Goulburn Supermax jail cell: police, 19 February 2021;
Goulburn jail inmate charged for alleged terrorist plot to attack police, military, 19 February 2021.
||Alleged plot in Melbourne, by two brothers reportedly inspired by Islamic State, to carry out a terrorist attack. A third person was arrested but release shortly afterwards. The allegations include that the brothers had allegedly attempt to start bushfires and, after that failed, had plans for more violence including with a knife. One of the brothers was also accused of being an Islamic State member. The two brothers are currently facing trial.
Three arrested in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne, 17 March 2021;
Two men charged with terrorism offences in Melbourne, one an alleged ISIS member, 18 March 2021;
Melbourne terrorism accused allegedly bought knife for attack, 18 March 2021;
||Alleged plot in South Australia, involving explosives, by an alleged far-right extremist who is currently facing trial.
AFP lays more charges against Findon man accused of preparing or planning terrorism act, 29 June 2022;
Adelaide man hit with fresh charges for allegedly plotting terror attack, 29 June 2022.