New Online Safety Act to keep Australians in Wide Bay safe


Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is encouraging people in Wide Bay to have their say on how to stay safe online, with consultation opening on a proposed new Online Safety Act.
Mr O'Brien said online safety was an important issue for Australians of all ages, including the community in Wide Bay.
"The internet forms an essential part of modern life, so the Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to keeping all Australians safe online," Mr O'Brien said.
"The proposals include expanding Australia's cyberbullying scheme to protect kids across the full range of online services they use, and the creation of a new cyber abuse scheme for Australian adults. I would strongly encourage everyone to have their say on the Act."
Other features of the proposed new Act outlined in the discussion paper include:

  • Decreasing the time within which platforms must facilitate the takedown of harmful content under the cyberbullying and image-based abuse schemes – from 48 hours to 24 hours.
  • Extending the application of cyberbullying scheme for children to cover various other services they use every day (e.g. gaming chat services, messaging apps, social connection sites).
  • Reducing the availability of harmful material by working with ancillary services providers, like search engines, to de-rank offending content.
  • Providing the eSafety Commissioner with powers to mandate transparency reporting by the digital platforms.
  • Introducing new basic online safety expectations to be proactively met by service providers.

The proposed reforms deliver on a commitment made at the 2019 election and respond to the 2018 review of online safety legislation by Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, which recommended the replacement of the existing framework with a single Online Safety Act.
"The internet offers significant economic and social benefits, but these benefits will only be fully realised if Australians can engage confidently and safely in the online world," Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said.
More information about the proposed reforms and how to make a submission is available at:

Australian Government Community Familes Law & Safety Political Technology & Communications

Llew O'Brien MP : View Full Profile
PO Box 283, Gympie
1300 301 968
Llew O'Brien MP
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Maryborough Rifle Range re-opening on target 18 February 2020 | Maryborough Rifle Range will today celebrate its official re-opening after an eight-year closure. More information...
Sun shines on renovated Sunshine Beach Surf Club 14 February 2020 | The new and improved Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club is officially open, boosting local jobs and helping the Noosa community to swim, surf and socialise in safety. More information...
Getting tourists back into fire-affected Noosa region 12 February 2020 | Applications will open next week for a share of $10 million in funding to bring tourists back to bushfire-affected communities including Noosa, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced today. More information...
Llew O'Brien and Minister Buchholz get the '101' in defensive driving 31 January 2020 | Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Scott Buchholz visited Roadcraft Driver Education facility in Gympie this week, alongside Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien to get the '101' on defensive driving. More information...
$785,150 grant puts Global Manufacturing Group on world stage, secures 58 jobs 31 January 2020 | A $785,150 grant has enabled Maryborough's Global Manufacturing Group to install world-leading technology to manufacture specialist parts for companies including Rheinmetall. More information...
$14 million for Queensland communities impacted by bushfires 24 January 2020 | Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has welcomed a $14 million Community Recovery Package to support the mental health and resilience of Queensland communities affected by the bushfires last year, including... More information...
Australia Day 2020 Message 24 January 2020 | Dorothea Mackellar's 1908 poem My Country reminds us of the extremes of the Australian climate, but the start to 2020 with the combined impact of the prolonged drought, and destructive bushfires spread across... More information...
Wide Bay shares in $9 million initiative to help transition to NDIS  22 January 2020 | Four Wide Bay organisations have received grants of up to $20,000 as part of a $9 million national initiative to help businesses transition to the NDIS. More information...
Grants to help Wide Bay commemorate Victory in the Pacific Day 16 January 2020 | Wide Bay community groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced today. More information...
Ex-service organisations to receive funding boost 16 January 2020 | More than $4.2 million in funding is available to help ex-service organisations deliver essential advice and advocacy for veterans, war widows, serving defence force members, and their loved ones. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service