National terrorism threat advisory system graphic. (Australian Government)
National terrorism threat advisory system graphic. (Australian Government)

Australia's terror threat 'probable' in new alert system

A NEW terrorism threat alert system has come into force today, the Federal Government has announced.

The new levels are "not expected", "possible", "probable", "expected", and "certain" - with the new regime featuring an extra tier.

It has been initially set to "probable", but the Government stressed the chance of attack in Australia had not changed.

The threat was listed as "high" on the old four-tiered system, which was introduced in the early 2000s.

"It has served us well, but Australia is now facing the most significant ongoing threat from terrorism that we have seen in our nation's history and this is likely to persist for some time," Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

"So the new system we are moving to allows us to provide more information to the Australian people about the nature of that," he said.

The previous system had the levels "low", "medium", "high" and "extreme".

Read more at ABC News.


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