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It's been a year since Australia's Intelligence chief revealed the highest level of foreign interference to date - with clandestine, coercive and disruptive operations by foreign actors and their proxies infiltrating multicultural communities, meddling with democracy and threatening Australia's social cohesion.

The government singled out the Iranian regime as an offender, revealing a foreign interference plot which targeted an Iranian-Australian, and had been foiled by security agencies.

In the first of our series of special reports into foreign interference, community members have told SBS News that cases of intimidation and spying are only escalating - and becoming increasingly bold.

This story was produced in collaboration with Niv Sadrolodabaee from SBS Persian.