We are seeking feedback on proposals for a new Online Safety Act to improve Australia's online safety regulatory framework.
The proposed reforms follow a 2018 review of online
safety legislation which recommended the replacement of the existing framework with a single Online Safety Act.
Key proposals include:
A set of basic online safety expectations for industry (initially social media platforms), clearly stating community expectations, with associated 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 and
introduce a new end user take-down and civil penalty regime.
Consistent take-down requirements for image-based abuse, cyber abuse, cyberbullying and seriously harmful online content, requiring online service providers to
remove such material within 24 hours of receiving an eSafety Commissioner request.
A reformed online content scheme requiring the Australian technology industry to be proactive in addressing access to harmful online content.
The scheme would also expand the eSafety Commissioner's powers to address illegal and harmful content on websites hosted overseas.
An ancillary service provider scheme to provide the eSafety Commissioner with the capacity to
disrupt access to seriously harmful online material made available via search engines, app stores and other ancillary service providers.
An additional power for 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.