Public consultation on Enhancing Online Safety for Children
As set out in the Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children, the Australian Government is committed to establishing a range of measures to improve the online safety of children in Australia, some of which include:
- the establishment of a Children's e-Safety Commissioner
- developing an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful material down fast from large social media sites, and
- examining existing Commonwealth legislation to determine whether to create a new, simplified cyber-bullying offence.
The Department of Communications (the Department) is seeking views on the issues raised in this discussion paper to assist in providing advice to the Government to enhance online safety for children. This paper is for consultation purposes only and does not necessarily represent current government policy.
Questions are included in boxes throughout the paper to guide discussion. Respondents are invited to provide written submissions or comments to address these questions, or provide a more general response if preferred.
Submissions must include the respondent's name, organisation (if relevant) and contact details. Submissions with no verifiable contact details will not be considered.Respondents should be aware that submissions will generally be made publicly available, including on the Department's website (www.communications.gov.au). The Department reserves the right not to publish any submission, or part of a submission, which in the view of the Department contains potentially defamatory material, or where it considers it appropriate to do so for confidentiality or other reasons.
All submissions will be treated as non-confidential information unless the respondent specifically requests the submission, or a part of the submission, is kept confidential, and acceptable reasons accompany the request. Email disclaimers will not be considered sufficient confidentiality requests. Note that submissions or comments will generally be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
The Privacy Act 1988 establishes certain principles with respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of information about individuals by the Department. Any personal information respondents provide to the Department through their submission is used only for the purposes of consideration of issues raised in this paper. Respondents should clearly indicate in their submission if they do not wish to have their name included in any summary of submissions that the Department may publish.
The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm 7 March 2014.
Submissions can be lodged in the following ways:
Cyber Safety Policy and Programs
Department of Communications
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA ACT 2601