Past acts of terrorism on Australian soil have generally involved attacks against foreign interests. The most significant terrorist act took place in February 1977 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, when a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, claiming three lives.

However, Australians have been directly affected by terrorism and violent extremism overseas. According to the Government's Countering Violent Extremism unit more than 110 Australians have been killed in overseas terrorist attacks in the past decade, including 88 people who lost their lives in the Bali bombings on October 12, 2002.

Australia, just like any other country, could be targeted by domestic or overseas terrorists. You should always remain alert and aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious to authorities.

Home and contents insurance policies generally do not cover acts of terrorism.

For more information refer to the Australian National Security website.