CANBERRA, Feb 6 - The Federal Government has announced a training program for school staff, extra classroom resources to build students' resilience and a series of youth forums.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said initiatives currently being developed include providing school staff with awareness training and clear referral pathways to seek help in responding to concerning student behaviour.
This training will be based on research undertaken by Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre which also underpins existing community awareness training being delivered by the Australian Multicultural Foundation.
“A series of local community youth forums will also be held by the Commonwealth Department of Education in partnership with the states and territories early this year to provide young people with the opportunity to explore this complex problem and consider how we can work together to help reduce marginalisation and further support young people,” Birmingham said.
The new schools initiative will include three key support measures:
• providing awareness training for relevant school staff on understanding radicalisation to violent extremism, appropriate support and referral pathways;
• classroom resources designed to build students’ resilience to violent extremist influences; and
• mechanisms for school communities and parents to receive and share information and good practice approaches to this issue.
"Sadly, we have already seen a disturbing trend of not only more Australians, but increasingly, younger Australians subscribing to terrorist ideologies, with tragic consequences," Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.