How is the COMPACT program different from Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and “de-radicalisation” programs?

COMPACT is different. COMPACT is not a “de-radicalisation” program, and it is not motivated by a national security agenda. Like all programs administered by Multicultural NSW, the COMPACT Program is entirely motivated by our agency’s core purpose of promoting social cohesion and community harmony.

While some “CVE” programs aim to support individuals to move away from violent extremism and towards safe and healthy live pathways, COMPACT is focussed instead on tackling the potentially divisive impacts that extremist hate and fear can have on our wider society.

Addressing extremist hate and fear from a social cohesion perspective, rather than a national security or law enforcement perspective, requires a different methodology from the individualised interventions often associated with “CVE” or “de-radicalisation” programs.

COMPACT is a unique, innovative program that provides an entirely new model for a whole-of-society, resilience-based response to any potential threat to community harmony. Our model has been co-designed in close consultation with communities and academic experts.

In our program, “resilience” means proactively building and maintaining strong, responsive and cooperative networks that operate across communities and sectors, and that can mobilise to respond to challenges and threats to community harmony, resolve conflict, and actively promote social cohesion.

Our resilience to violent extremism can be measured by the way we respond to extremist hate and fear as a unified, inclusive and democratic society. COMPACT stands as a force for community harmony in this way.