The Sydney siege.
The Sydney siege. AP Rob Griffith

Aussie cops trained in 'shoot to kill' amid terror fears

ARMED terrorists will be shot on sight under a change of strategy within the NSW and Queensland police forces.

NSW Acting Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said police had dropped their "contain and negotiate" tactics and shifted to a shoot-first US model.

FBI-trained instructors have been running courses with officers in Sydney for the past three weeks to introduce them to the new response, he told the Daily Telegraph.

The "ground had shifted" and tried-and-true negotiation tactics were no longer appropriate.

"We recognised 'contain and negotiate' will probably result in more lives being lost," he said.

"One of the features of terrorism is these people are not like normal criminals, their mentality is entirely different.

"They don't want to get captured and they may well be prepared to die. They're jihadis; we've got to act differently."

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said officers would be trained to quickly identify armed offenders who had no intention of surviving an attack.

"Their intention is not to stop. They will continue trying to achieve their goal, which is to kill as many people as possible," he said.

"You cannot use the 'stop and negotiate' type response when people are losing their lives moment by moment."

ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis told ABC's 7.30 Report he could not rule out Paris-style attacks on home soil.

"There is no way in the world that we are able to say there is no possibility of an attack in Australia or anywhere else in the world," he said.

"The nature of it mitigates against making such undertakings."

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