Notebook leads to charges related to terrorism against an employee of Sydney Uni

NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team have arrested a 25-year-old man.

A man from Sri Lanka employed at a university in Sydney has been accused of a document that the police claim contains plans for terrorist attacks.

The 25-year-old was arrested by members of the NSW's Counter-Terrorism Joint Team at the University of NSW in Kensington on Thursday afternoon.

The police allegedly found a notebook that mentioned a series of places and individuals that are "possible targets."

"They are symbolic places within Sydney," Detective Superintendent Michael McTiernan told reporters on Friday.

"We have both psychologists and researchers who look at that document to try to interpret the intention and capacity, but that is essentially the offense that is before the court."

The notebook was delivered to the police yesterday, which prompted an investigation.

It is believed that the man, who is in Australia with a student visa, is affiliated with Islamic State, said Det Supt McTiernan.

He was employed as a contractor at the University of New South Wales and allegedly traveled to Sri Lanka and "other areas".

The man was not known to the police and has no criminal record in Australia, police said.

The authorities insist that there was no permanent threat to the community after the arrest.

The man was denied bail to appear at the Waverley Local Court on Friday.