Monash University’s partners in this project are:
The project aims complement Victoria Police’s current strategic plans and reflect the shift in its counter terrorism priorities. Victoria Police’s current strategic document, The Way Ahead 2008-2013, emphasises the importance of adopting proactive measures to address terrorism’s root causes to implement threat reduction. In particular Victoria Police advocates using multifaceted approaches that synthesise traditional counter-terrorist methods, exemplified by intelligence collection, and supplementing them with strategies that encourage engagement with affected communities.
This shift reflects Victoria Police’s growing awareness that many of terrorism’s drivers have domestic roots, and, as such, can be addressed through local initiatives. This understanding is now leading Victoria Police to consider more fully the utility of counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation strategies. The project’s outcomes will enhance Victoria Police’s capacity to pursue these new directions in an effective and coordinated manner, providing detailed empirical information on the conditions that provoke radicalisation in the Victorian context and improving the formulation of suitable long-term terrorism management and prevention strategies.
In addition, the project will further strengthen the deep and effective research relationship between Victoria Police and Monash University, especially the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC). These organisations have forged a strong affiliation over a number of years based on the exchange of staff, information and ideas and through various research projects including a previous ARC Linkage Project.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP)
The AFP’s crucial role in the project includes providing access to material, such as de-classified evidence and intelligence accumulated during terrorism investigations. The AFP’s Strategic Plan 2007-2011 identifies terrorism as one of its four principle areas of criminal investigation. The knowledge generated through this project will substantially boost the AFP’s understanding of the specific nature of terrorismas it emerges within Australia and thereby enhance their capacity to fulfil their mandate to curb terrorism-related crimes across all state-jurisdictions. Through a Liaison Office based within Victoria Police and through inter-jurisdictional Joint Counter-Terrorism Teams (JCTT), the AFP will be party to all the project’s stages. Accordingly the project will consolidate existing relationships established between Monash – especially GTReC – and the AFP. GTReC has recently been involved in the delivery of Islamic cultural awareness training for AFP officers in almost every state.
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)
Over the past decade, DPC has worked closely with Victoria Police, the National Counter Terrorism Committee, GTReC and others to understand the dynamics of radicalisation and counter-radicalisation. This work has informed strategies which emphasise measures to prevent the rise of radicalisation and home grown terrorism at its roots.
This project will further strengthen the robust and productive relationship between GTReC and DPC. The Victorian Government provided a significant grant to establish GTReC, and DPC has commissioned reports from GTReC into areas such as security and multiculturalism in Victoria. DPC also hosts a research-based internship programme for high-performing Monash University Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies students. The project will generate new knowledge about radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in a Victorian and Australian social context. The project also offers training opportunities for Victorian Government staff, as well as an expansion of vocationally relevant subjects within award programs.
Department of Justice (Corrections Victoria – CV)
As the body that operates Victoria’s adult corrections system, CV will play an important role in the project in facilitating access to inmates convicted of terrorism and related offences.
Knowledge that the project generates will inform policy recommendations and training programs to foster world’s best practice corrections programs. The investigators will liaise closely with CV officials to design short courses and other teaching modules, and to assist prison officials construct in-prison counter-radicalisation, de-radicalisation and post-release re-integration programs.