Home-grown extremists are actively considering launching terrorist attacks in Australia, as the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US nears.
The latest intelligence also suggests sporting venues, transport hubs and other places of mass gatherings have become the favoured targets of terrorist planners, the Courier Mail reports.
"Clearly there are extremists now on our shores. There are people out there who genuinely think about doing bad things, or support terrorist acts overseas," Australian federal police counter-terrorism chief Steve Lancaster said. Lancaster also revealed that the police have secretly foiled several potential terrorist threats in Australia by disrupting them at an early stage.