The Australian Government is seeking your feedback on prohibiting the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and implementing civil penalties to deter persons and content hosts who share intimate images or videos of another person without their consent.

How it works

Why we want your input?
The proliferation of smartphones and the development of new communication platforms has led to an increase in reports of intimate images being shared without consent. Despite the devastating impact of such behaviour on individuals, there are no specific offences addressing this in the Criminal Code Act 1995.
How you can voice your opinion?
You can provide a written submission by 30 June 2017.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submissions will help inform the Government’s consideration of this issue and the development of legislation.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period: 
May 20, 2017 07:45 AEST to June 30, 2017 17:00 AEST

The Australian Government has released a discussion paper for consultation on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

The term ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’ refers to the sharing or distribution of an image or video of a person or persons portrayed in a sexual or otherwise intimate manner, which has been shared without consent. This behaviour is colloquially referred to as ‘revenge porn’. 

While the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) provides for offences relating to the misuse of telecommunications services to menace, harass or cause offence, there are no specific offences addressing the non‑consensual sharing of intimate images.

This public consultation will provide advice to the Government on the possibility of establishing a new prohibition at the Commonwealth level for this behaviour, and the implementation of a civil penalties regime designed to deter and penalise persons and content hosts who share intimate images of a person without their consent. This would complement existing and emerging criminal law.

Relevant Documentation

Civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images - Discussion paper

Published 20th May 2017

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Discussion paper on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

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Started May 20, 2017 07:45 AEST
Ends June 30, 2017 17:00 AEST
Days Remaining 35 of 41
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Formal Submission

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Canberra ACT 2601