We are seeking feedback on a draft Online Safety Charter, which sets out the Government’s expectations for technology firms to help keep children safe online.

How it works

Why we want your input
Your views will help guide the development of the Online Safety Charter.
How you can voice your opinion
You can have your say by reading the consultation paper and providing a submission.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Comments and views from industry and the public will inform the finalisation of the Charter.

Consultation Information

Consultation tabs

The Issue
Consultation Period:  February 16, 2019 08:45 AEDT to April 05, 2019 17:00 AEDT

The Government is committed to improving online safety outcomes for all Australians, particularly children.

By proposing an Online Safety Charter, the Government seeks to signal to all industry members what the Government and the community expects in terms of protecting Australians, particularly those that are most vulnerable, from harmful online experiences.

The high-level principles in the draft Charter are intended to provide flexibility about how a technology firm might implement online safety measures or demonstrate its commitment to Charter principles. Views are sought from industry and the public on these principles and their application to real-world online safety measures.

When finalised, the Charter will be an important foundation document to shape the direction of future reform of online safety in Australia.

Relevant Documentation

Online Safety Charter—consultation paper

Published 16th Feb 2019

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This draft Charter includes a set of proposed expectations or standards for technology firms regarding online safety.


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The following formal submissions have been made public.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Alannah & Madeline Foundation - Appendix eSmart Libraries

Alannah & Madeline Foundation - Appendix eSmart Schools Report


Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

Collective Shout

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Communications Alliance

Digital Industry Group Inc