New portal tackles the non-consensual sharing of intimate images
15 October 2017
Government has welcomed the eSafety Commissioner’s announcement today about the
delivery of the pilot for a new national portal for reporting instances of
non-consensual sharing of intimate images (colloquially known as image-based
abuse or revenge pornography).
In 2015 the
Government committed $10 million to support victims of image-based abuse, including
$4.8 million of funding for the eSafety Commissioner to develop and implement this
national online complaints portal.
The pilot is
the very first step in delivering this very important initiative. The portal
will allow victims to report instances of image-based abuse and give them
access to immediate and tangible support that has previously been unavailable.
digital environment, instances of image-based abuse are all too common with one
in five women aged 18 to 45 and one in four Indigenous Australians experiencing
complaints portal is a world-first and empowers those who are experiencing this
type of abuse with practical information and a range of resources to take
The pilot phase
of the portal will evaluate the volume and complexity of the reports received
before a formal launch of the portal in early 2018.
is undertaking a range of initiatives in the area of online safety to help keep
Australians safe on the internet. Earlier this year the Government
expanded the scope of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to help all
Australians, not just children.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner has already:
established a mechanism to report and remove harmful cyberbullying material on social media;
· launched a dedicated website for women’s safety online;
· launched the iParent portal providing parents and carers with advice on a range of online safety and digital content issues; and
· in conjunction with the Department of Social Services pioneered a new website for improving digital literacy for older Australians, including a digital portal to provide a one-stop-shop for information, tools and training materials.
The Government is also considering the outcomes of recent
consultations on a proposed civil penalty regime which will target perpetrators and sites which host
intimate images and videos which have been shared without consent.
information about reporting the non-consensual sharing of intimate images visit