Joint release - Minister for Women and Minister for Justice - Turnbull Government takes strong action to combat non-consensual sharing of intimate images
20 May 2017
Government is taking strong action to combat the non-consensual sharing of
intimate images, commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’ or ‘image‑based abuse’.
concert with State and Territory Governments, both criminal and civil penalties
will be pursued against perpetrators of this growing form of abuse.
Commonwealth Government today called for submissions on a proposed civil
penalties regime which will target both perpetrators and sites which host
intimate images and videos which have been shared without consent.
meeting of the COAG Law, Crime and Community Safety Council has released a
national statement of principles relating to the criminalisation of
non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
important that we have in place strong and consistent regulation at the
Commonwealth level to protect Australians from image-based abuse and to hold
perpetrators to account,” said Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon.
Women Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the Government is responding to
feedback from affected individuals as well as organisations who deal with the
aftermath of shared intimate images.
listened to victims and law enforcement agencies, and it is clear that in the
first instance what victims want is for these images to be taken down as
quickly as possible,” Minister Cash said.
penalising perpetrators and the sites which host this content, we are sending a
strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
statement of principles will give state and territory governments a shared
framework to develop and review criminal laws relating to the non-consensual
sharing of intimate images,” said Minister for Justice Michael Keenan MP. “The
principles reflect protocols agreed with states and territories that recognise
that state and territory police should generally handle criminal investigations
into cybercrimes against the person.”
outcomes of consultations, the civil penalties regime will complement an online
complaints portal which will allow victims to report instances of image-based
abuse and access immediate and tangible support. The portal will be launched by
the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner in the second half of 2017.
Under the proposed
regime, the eSafety Commissioner could be given new powers to investigate
complaints and take action to remove or limit the distribution of intimate images
shared without consent.
paper calls for feedback on potential enforcement measures such as civil
penalties, enforceable undertakings, injunctions, and infringement and
Submissions will be received until 30 June 2017. The
discussion paper and details on how to make a submission, are available at: www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/civil-penalty-regime-non-consensual-sharing-intimate-images
Face to face consultations will also occur through
workshops. The details of these workshops will be made available during the
For a range of resources and advice for those who may have
experienced the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, visit www.esafety.gov.au