We are seeking submissions on an exposure draft of the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021.
Why we want your inputOnline safety affects all Australians. This is your chance to have a say on the expectations that Government has for online service providers and to set the benchmark for online services to take proactive and preventative steps to protect Australians from abusive conduct and harmful content online.
How you can voice your opinionYou can read the exposure draft of the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021 and provide a submission by 12 November 2021. You can submit your response below or by emailing OnlineSafety@infrastructure.gov.au.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?Your submission will be used to inform changes to an exposure draft of the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021 and set out the Government’s minimum safety expectations for online services providers.
The Online Safety Act 2021 was passed by Parliament on 23 June 2021 and comes into effect on 23 January 2022. We are now seeking feedback on an exposure draft of the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021 that will set out the expectations the Government has for social media services, relevant electronic services and designated internet services.
We are seeking feedback on:
- a set of additional expectations for social media services, relevant electronic services and designated internet services
- reasonable steps that could be taken to meet certain expectations.
The draft Determination also includes a set of core Basic Online Safety Expectations for social media services, relevant electronic services and designated internet services, clearly stating community expectations. These core expectations are prescribed by the Online Safety Act 2021 and cannot be amended in the Determination.
For more information on the Online Safety Act 2021, including previous consultation outcomes, see the following:
- Online Safety Act 2021—Federal Register of Legislation
- Parliamentary history of the Online Safety Bill 2021
- Outcomes from the consultation on the Exposure Draft of the Online Safety Bill
- Outcomes from the consultation on the Online Safety Legislative Reform Discussion Paper
Frequently Asked Questions—Basic Online Safety Expectations
Published 7 October 2021
This document will be updated during consultation on the Basic Online Safety Expectations as the Department receives submissions and engages with stakeholders.
Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021—consultation paper
Published 8 August 2021
On 23 June 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Online Safety Act 2021 (the Act). The Act will commence on 23 January 2022. A key principle underlying the Act is that the rules and protections we enjoy offline should also apply online. The Act creates a modern regulatory framework that builds on and strengthens existing arrangements and holds industry to greater account for the safety of their users.
Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021
Published 8 August 2021
This instrument is the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021. This document may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible copy, please email OnlineSafety@infrastructure.gov.au.
We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.
- contact name
- organisation name, if applicable
- contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
- confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.
All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.
If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.
If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.
Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.
Alternatively please email your completed template submission to OnlineSafety@infrastructure.gov.au, or send it to:
Director, Online Safety Reform and Research Section
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601