JOINT RELEASE - Attorney General - Miniser for Women - New laws to prevent image-based abuse one step closer
16 August 2018
New laws to
protect against technology-facilitated abuse are one step closer after the
Turnbull Government’s Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of
Intimate Images) Bill 2018 passed the House of Representatives today.
Communications, Mitch Fifield said the legislation sends a strong message to
the community that the sharing of intimate images without consent is not an
Government is acting to combat this violation of a person’s freedom and
dignity,” he said.
“The new laws
will actively discourage potential offenders through both civil and criminal
penalties which complement existing state and territory laws.”
complements the online complaints portal pilot launched by the eSafety Office
in October last year. It gives the eSafety Commissioner additional powers to
combat image-based abuse, including revenge porn, by issuing ‘removal notices’
to websites, content hosts and social media providers.
be subject to civil penalties of up to $105,000 and corporations up to $525,000
if they do not comply with a request from the eSafety Commissioner to remove an
Christian Porter, said amendments to the Criminal Code Act 1995 imposed
serious penalties for offenders, reflecting the seriousness of the offence.
could face penalties of imprisonment for up to five years where the material
transmitted is private sexual material, or seven years if they transmit the
material and have already had three civil penalty orders made against them,”
the Attorney-General said.
Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, said implementing stronger laws to prevent and support
victims of image-based abuse was part of a suite of initiatives the Turnbull
Government has delivered to help keep Australians safe online, provide access
to immediate support and redress, and prosecute perpetrators.
friends, your colleagues and your family you do not have to suffer with
intimate images being posted without your consent. If this happens to you I
urge you to contact the world leading Office of the eSafety Commissioner who
has the power to help,” Minister O’Dwyer said.
has committed $4 million over four years in the 2018-19 Budget to support the
eSafety Office to implement the civil penalty regime.
information on how to report non-consensual sharing of intimate images visit: www.esafety.gov.au/imagebasedabuse
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.