9 October 2015

The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner has been officially launched today by the Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.

The Office started operating on 1 July 2015, with the appointment of e-safety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon.

One of the key achievements for the Office has been their work with social media partners to implement cyberbullying complaint handling schemes and remove cyberbulling content from social platforms.

Since opening the Office has:

  • referred over 600 children to Kids Helpline, assisting seriously at risk children and young people to access the support and counselling they need
  • resolved more than 40 complaints about serious cyberbullying
  • completed over 2,000 investigations into prohibited online content
  • connected with over 5,200 students across Australia through its virtual classrooms
  • developed Voluntary Certification Guidelines, allowing the Office to certify eligible providers of school-based online safety programs and resources for children.

Visit the Commissioner website for further details about their programs and educational resources.

Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon, Mitch Fifield speaking at the launch of Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner