The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Unit supports the Minister for Police and Emergency Services as the lead minister for coordinating the Victorian Government’s efforts to counter violent extremism.

The work of the CVE Unit has emerged from two streams: the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Taskforce (the Taskforce) and the Expert Panel on Terrorism and Violent Extremism Prevention and Response Powers (the Expert Panel).

The Taskforce was established in 2015 to strengthen social cohesion and build community resilience to prevent violent extremism. The Taskforce approved the Strategic Framework to Strengthen Victoria’s Social Cohesion and the Resilience of its Communities to further strengthen Victoria’s social cohesion and build and empower resilient communities to prevent the development of racial, ethnic and religious intolerance that can lead to violence.

In 2017 the Victorian Government appointed an Expert Panel, led by former Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Hon David Harper to examine Victoria’s ability to prevent, monitor, investigate and respond to terrorism. The government accepted in principle all 42 recommendations of the Expert Panel.

The CVE Unit is responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of the government’s response to the Expert Panel’s recommendations relating to preventing and countering violent extremism and disengagement programs.

Research funded by the Taskforce

The Taskforce funded research through the Research Institute on Social Cohesion. Links to published research funded through the Institute are below.


Successful 2017-18 round 3 research grants

Deakin University

Preventing violent extremism and building youth cohesion through creative production of grassroots online counter-narratives: a pilot intervention and impact evaluation

Monash University

Being philosophical about digital media: applying critical thinking skills to new cultural environments


Narratives of Digital Resilience

Victoria University

From Passive Observer to Active Participant: Identifying Transitions to Violent Extremism Activity


Successful 2016-17 round 2 research grants

Monash University

Leading for social cohesion: How principals respond to 'challenging conversations' about social and political volatilities and disharmonies (External link)

Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of Melbourne neighbourhoods

Deakin University

Women's agency and the building of social capital, cohesion and resilience in the new Afghan community in Geelong (External link)

Victoria University

Mapping networks and narratives of emerging far-right social movements in Victoria

Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights

Fostering Resilience in Muslim Families: Developing a flexible modular approach


Stocktake Research Project

The Stocktake Research Project was commissioned by the Victorian Government to provide a rigorous and systematic review of national and international literature and programs conducted between 2011 and 2015 in the areas of social cohesion, community resilience and the prevention of violent extremism. The report was authored by Professor Michele Grossman (Deakin University), Dr Mario Peucker and Dr Debra Smith (Victoria University) and Dr Hass Dellal AO (Ausralian Multicultural Foundation).

Stocktake Research Project (External link): A systematic literature and selected program review on social inclusion, community resilience and violent extremism 2011-2015 - June 2016