What is Step Together?

Step Together is a helpline and digital support service focussed on early intervention and awareness, in the countering violent extremism space. We are there to support community members and help overcome the challenge of violent extremism. This environment is forever changing.

We work with individuals, families and the community to raise awareness on what to look out for and where to go for help if you are concerned about someone you know heading down the wrong path.

NSW is a welcoming and connected society. One which respects the different views, backgrounds and cultures that make us stronger. However, there is a small number of people vulnerable to violent extremist views that need our support. Together we seek to overcome all forms of violent extremism so that every person living in NSW feels safe and has a place.

If you have concern for someone that may be vulnerable to this influence, Step Together can assist in navigating the landscape and help you start the conversation. In a safe and confidential space we can connect you with appropriate support services in your community and offer solutions for those you care about, for a better pathway.

Who are we?

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Engagement and Support Unit (ESU) is a specialised multi-disciplinary team within the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). We have two public facing programs focussed on the prevention and early intervention of violent extremist behaviour: 

  • Step Together
  • Engagement and Support Program (ESP)

The ESU is delivered by the NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice and forms part of the National “Living Safe Together” program. The ESP is governed by a senior executive-level Steering Committee and an operationally focussed Multi-Agency Panel. 

The Multi-Agency Panel includes representation from a range of agencies; Department of Premiers and Cabinet, DCJ (Child Protection, Corrective Services NSW, Youth Justice), NSW Health, Department of Education, and NSW Police. These representatives provide subject matter expert advice and guidance to the program. 

Learn more about our governance at https://www.livingsafetogether.gov.au/

What is the ESP?

The NSW Engagement and Support Program (ESP) is a voluntary program that provides supports to people so they can make positive changes and avoid a pathway to violent extremism.

Advice and support

If you would like further advice and support on how best to help someone you care about, contact our Step Together helpline workers.

If you require an accessible version of any translated Step Together Brochure contact Step Together via email steptogether@dcj.nsw.gov.au

Last updated:

03 Jan 2024

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