Spam is the common term for electronic 'junk mail' - unwanted commercial electronic messages.

Australia's anti-spam legislation was introduced in 2003 in response to concerns about the impact of spam on the effectiveness of electronic communication and the costs imposed on end-users.

The Spam Act 2003 prohibits the sending of spam, which is identified as a commercial electronic message sent without the consent of the addressee via email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS) or instant messaging. The requirements under the Spam Act apply to all commercial electronic messages, including both bulk and individual messages.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has enforcement responsibility for the Spam Act. Advice on how to report spam is available from the External siteAustralian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) spam page.


The Director
Cloud computing and Privacy Section
Consumer and Post Branch
The Department of Communications
Tel: 02 6271 1000

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