New reviews of online safety for Australians
26 June 2018
Government has today announced two independent reviews of Australia’s online
safety legislation to ensure it remains effective and relevant in protecting
all Australian’s online.
has appointed Ms Lynelle Briggs AO to conduct a review of the Enhancing
Online Safety Act 2015 (the Online Safety Act), which sets out the powers,
functions and governance arrangements for the Office of the eSafety
Ms Briggs will
examine whether the provisions in the Online Safety Act remain fit-for-purpose.
Ms Briggs will,
at the same time, review Schedules 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act
1992 (BSA) which regulates the internet and content services industries in
relation to prohibited content. The review will look at the type of content
covered and best practice approaches for regulating online content.
Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, said it is timely to review this
legislation as more and more Australians use online services every day.
will ensure we continue to have the right controls and support systems in place
to protect Australians against harmful online content and ensure people can
confidently participate in the online environment.”
“We are focused
on ensuring we have the right measures in place to address illegal or offensive
content, and that the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has the appropriate
powers to help Australians if and when they need it.”
launch in 2015, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has developed a range of
resources and initiatives to help all Australians navigate safely online. This
includes a portal to report image based abuse, a complaints scheme to remove
harmful cyberbullying material and access
and tangible support. Ms Briggs is expected to report to Government in the
second half of 2018.
information on the review and how to have your say visit: www.communications.gov.au/enhancing-online-safety-act-online-content-scheme
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.