Australia’s terrorism threat level has been lowered for the first time since 2014, from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’.
The announcement was made by Mike Burgess, the leader of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
He said there are now “fewer extremists with the intention to conduct an attack onshore” than there were eight years ago.
Burgess said domestic support for religiously motivated extremists has declined in recent years.
“But I stress: it’s dissipated, not disappeared.”