Have your say on proposed changes to Australia’s online safety framework, designed to keep Australians safe online.

11 December 2019

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, today outlined new online safety reforms to strengthen protections for Australians online.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Minister Fletcher said the centrepiece of the reforms is a new Online Safety Act to enhance Australia’s regulatory framework.

“Digital technologies and networks offer significant economic and social benefits, but these benefits will only be fully realised if Australians can engage confidently and safely in the online world,” Minister Fletcher said.

The proposals include:

  • a complaint and takedown scheme for serious cyber abuse of adults
  • new accountability requirements for industry to employ proactive measures to support online safety, including effective complaint and reporting mechanisms
  • expanding powers for the eSafety Commissioner to address illegal and harmful content
  • expanding our cyberbullying scheme so more kinds of services, like websites and messaging services, are included
  • seeking help from the online services sector to make better tools and information available to help keep children safe online
  • empowering the eSafety Commissioner to implement targeted blocks of terrorist or extreme violent material during an online safety crisis event

The proposed reforms respond to a 2018 review of online safety legislation which recommended a single Online Safety Act be developed.

To view the proposals and have your say visit the consultation page.

Submissions are open until Wednesday, 19 February 2020.