A 16-year-old boy in Sydney faces terrorism charges which police say is linked to Anzac Day commemorations.
He was arrested yesterday at his home in western Sydney by officers from the New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team.
He was taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with one count of preparing or planning a terrorist act, NSW Police has said in a statement.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said JCTT officers were forced to act yesterday afternoon in order to ensure public safety.
"Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar," Commissioner Scipione said.
"I want to assure the NSW community that our counter terrorism capability is such that we were able to move quickly to prevent harm."
"Anzac Day should be observed by all in our community free from fear and I would encourage everyone to enjoy this special day," he said.
The 16-year-old was refused bail and will appear in a children's court today.