New eSafety Commissioner appointed in expanded role to combat non-consensual sharing of intimate images
SENATOR HON MICHAELIA CASH
MINISTER FOR WOMEN
23 November 2016
Government today announced the appointment of a new Children’s eSafety
Commissioner with expanded responsibilities to take a lead role in combatting
the non-consensual sharing of intimate images (commonly referred to as ‘revenge
expert Julie Inman Grant has been announced as the new Children’s eSafety
Commissioner, and will commence in January.
appointment of Julie Inman Grant is an important milestone in the work of the
Turnbull Government to help keep Australians safe online,” said the Minister
for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.
The Office of
the Children’s eSafety Commissioner will also be renamed the Office of the
eSafety Commissioner, reflecting the office’s expanded responsibility for
online safety issues affecting adults.
As part of a comprehensive
range of measures to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, the
Office of the eSafety Commissioner will develop a new online reporting tool
which will allow victims to report incidents as well as access immediate and
“This is about
empowering women to take control online. The expanded role for the eSafety
Commissioner will help women manage technology risks and abuse, and give women
the tools they need to be confident when online,” said the Minister for Women Senator
the Hon Michaelia Cash.
Government will also conduct a public consultation process on a proposed civil
penalties regime targeted at both perpetrators and sites which host intimate
images and videos shared without consent.
paper will be released in early 2017 and feedback will be sought from the
eSafety Commissioner, Federal and State police, women’s safety organisations,
mental health experts, schools and education departments, the Online Safety
Consultative Working Group and others.
the Commonwealth Government is working with states and territories through COAG
to support a nationally consistent approach to criminal offences relating to
the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
the Commissioner’s existing legislated powers regarding cyberbullying material
targeted at an Australian child will remain solely focussed on children, while
the Office’s work regarding online safety for adults will be centred around
advice and online reporting.
Fifield paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of acting Children’s
eSafety Commissioner Andree Wright and former Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon.
Under the leadership of Ms Wright and Mr MacGibbon the Office has already
provided assistance to victims of non-consensual sharing of intimate images in
cooperation with police and other relevant agencies.
For a range of online
safety resources and advice for those who may have experienced non-consensual
sharing of intimate images, visit www.esafety.gov.au.
About Julie Inman Grant
Ms Inman Grant
has worked at the intersection of technology, public policy and online safety
for the past 25 years. From helping shape the first Online Safety Summit for
Children in 1996 to playing an important role in the development of the
Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act of 2015, she brings a unique and deep wealth
of experience in online safety policy.
Ms Inman Grant
has been an active participant in the Online Safety Consultative Working Group,
which is chaired by the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and has worked with
Australian law enforcement to roll out programs like ThinkUKnow, the Child
Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) and Computer Facilitated Crimes Against
Twitter, Ms. Inman Grant created the Twitter Rules & Tools and developed
the #PositionofStrength safety and empowerment program for women in Australia,
which were adopted by the company globally as flagship education and awareness