A Muslim extremist who is set to be released from prison within months will be free to roam Australia without being monitored.
The prisoner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was declined parole earlier this year, but now the government is facing increased pressure to pass tougher laws to keep tabs on terrorists.
Under Division 104 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, Australian Federal Police are able to apply for a control order from the court, which allows restrictions to be imposed on a person for the purpose of protecting the public from a terrorist threat.
But as the law stands, they are unable to apply for a court-sanctioned supervision order to monitor convicted terrorists.
A Muslim extremist who is set to be released from prison within months will be free to roam Australia without being monitored (stock image)
Tamim Khaja (pictured), 20, is currently serving 14 years behind bars for planning an attack in Sydney when he was 18
Police can instead can apply for extended detention orders which keep criminals in jail for longer than the term of a sentence.
The extended detention order can only be applied if authorities believe the offender continues to pose a serious threat to the community.
Attorney-General Christian Porter told The Australian the government was working towards introducing legislation for Extended Supervision Orders (ESO) as soon as possible.
'The Attorney-General and Minister for Home Affairs have been working on this issue and consider it a significant priority,' he said.
'This is a complex area that