The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has today re-listed Hizballah's External Security Organisation (ESO) as a terrorist organisation under Australia's counter-terrorism laws.
The re-listing ensures that terrorist organisation offences automatically apply to ESO.
"I have re-listed Hizballah's External Security Organisation as a terrorist organisation for the purposes of the Criminal Code on the advice from our security agencies that it continues to meet the legislative criteria," Mr Dutton said.
The External Security Organisation has been re-listed because it continues to directly or indirectly engage in, prepare, plan, assist in or foster the doing of terrorist acts.
"The External Security Organisation is a discrete terrorist wing within Hizballah that is responsible for planning, coordination and execution of terrorist attacks against Hizballah's enemies outside of Lebanon," Mr Dutton said.
"There are a number of serious offences in the Criminal Code relating to listed terrorist organisations, including being a member of, training with, or supporting such organisations, that attract penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment."
ESO was first listed as a terrorist organisation on 5 June 2003 and has been previously relisted five times.
The re-listing is valid for three years, after which time ESO may again be re-listed if it continues to meet the criteria.
"The Government's decision to re-list, reflects our continued commitment to strong counter-terrorism laws," Mr Dutton said.