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

Download PDF (289.31 KB) Download DOC (124.98 KB)
This draft Charter includes a set of proposed expectations or standards for technology firms regarding online safety.

Participate

Started February 16, 2019 08:45 AEDT
Ends April 05, 2019 17:00 AEDT
Days Remaining 9 of 48
Open

Formal Submission

We invite you to 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.

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

Alternatively please email your completed submission to onlinesafety [at] communications.gov.au (subject: Online%20Safety%20Charter%20Consultation) or send it to:

Director, Online Content and eSafety Section
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601