The Government is seeking submissions on an exposure draft Online Safety Bill.

How it works

Why we want your input
Online safety affects all Australians. This is your chance to have your say on updates to Australia’s online safety laws.
How you can voice your opinion
You can provide a submission through our public consultation process up until Sunday, 14 February 2021.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submission will be used to inform changes to an exposure draft Online Safety Bill.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period:  December 23, 2020 06:00 AEDT to February 14, 2021 17:00 AEDT

We are seeking feedback on an exposure draft Online Safety Bill to improve Australia's online safety legislation. The draft Bill includes:

  • The provisions in the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 (EOSA) that are working well to protect Australians from online harms, such as the image-based abuse scheme;
  • A set of core basic online safety expectations for social media services, relevant electronic services and designated internet services, clearly stating community expectations, with mandatory reporting requirements;
  • An enhanced cyberbullying scheme for Australian children to capture a range of online services, not just social media platforms;
  • A new cyber abuse scheme for Australian adults, to facilitate the removal of serious online abuse and harassment;
  • A modernised online content scheme, to replace the schemes in Schedules 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA). The Bill will create new classes of harmful online content and will reinvigorate out of date industry codes to address such content;
  • New abhorrent violent material blocking arrangements that allow the eSafety Commissioner to respond rapidly to an online crisis event such as the Christchurch terrorist attacks, by requesting internet service providers block access to sites hosting seriously harmful content; and
  • Consistent take-down requirements for image-based abuse, cyber abuse, cyberbullying and harmful online content, requiring online service providers to remove such material within 24 hours of receiving a notice from the eSafety Commissioner.

The draft Bill was developed following substantial public and stakeholder consultation, including consideration of 85 submissions received in response to the public 'Online Safety Legislative Reform Discussion Paper' released in December 2019. You can find the original proposals and submissions from that round of consultation at Consultation on online safety reforms.

Relevant Documentation

Exposure draft—Online Safety Bill 2020

Published 23rd Dec 2020

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A Bill for an Act relating to online safety for Australians, and for other purposes. This document may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible copy please email, OnlineSafety@infrastructure.gov.au.

Fact Sheet—Online Safety Bill

Published 23rd Dec 2020

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The internet has brought great social, educational and economic benefits. But just as a small proportion of human interactions go wrong offline, so too are there risks online. By establishing proper protections to help keep Australians safe online, we can in turn help Australians to realise the substantial benefits that come from using the internet.

Online Safety Bill—Reading Guide

Published 23rd Dec 2020

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A Reading Guide to assist interested stakeholders with navigating and understanding the draft Online Safety Bill.

Participate

Started December 23, 2020 06:00 AEDT
Ends February 14, 2021 17:00 AEDT
Days Remaining 27 of 53
Open

Formal Submission

We invite you to tell us your views on this topic. Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

Email to send submission to: OnlineSafety@infrastructure.gov.au.

Postal address to send submission to:
Online Safety Branch, Content Division
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594