The Australian Government has re-listed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ) as terrorist organisations under Australia's counter-terrorism laws.
The re-listings will ensure that all terrorist organisation offences automatically apply to these organisations.
The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the decision to re-list these organisations reflects the Government's continued commitment to effectively prosecute terrorists who commit offences in Australia or overseas.
"These organisations were re-listed following careful consideration of advice from our security agencies that they met the legislative criteria to remain terrorist organisations for the purposes of the Criminal Code," Mr Dutton said.
"Under the Criminal Code, it is an offence to be a member of, participate in, train with, or provide support to, a terrorist organisation – offences that attract penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment."
On advice of the Director-General of Security, Ansar al-Islam (AAI) has not been relisted as a terrorist organisation for the purposes of the Commonwealth Criminal Code as it no longer meets the legislative threshold.
"Our security agencies will continue to monitor AAI and I maintain the authority to relist this organisation at any time in the future if the legislative threshold is met."
"The Australian Government keeps the listing of terrorist organisations under constant review so that we can respond appropriately when circumstances change," Mr Dutton said.
Further details regarding the listing of terrorist organisations can be found at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au