Online Safety Charter consultation

We are seeking feedback on a draft Online Safety Charter, which sets out the Government’s expectations for technology firms to help keep children safe online.

Why we want your input

Your views will help guide the development of the Online Safety Charter.

How you can voice your opinion

You can have your say by reading the consultation paper and providing a submission.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Comments and views from industry and the public will inform the finalisation of the Charter.

The Issue

The Government is committed to improving online safety outcomes for all Australians, particularly children.

By proposing an Online Safety Charter, the Government seeks to signal to all industry members what the Government and the community expects in terms of protecting Australians, particularly those that are most vulnerable, from harmful online experiences.

The high-level principles in the draft Charter are intended to provide flexibility about how a technology firm might implement online safety measures or demonstrate its commitment to Charter principles. Views are sought from industry and the public on these principles and their application to real-world online safety measures.

When finalised, the Charter will be an important foundation document to shape the direction of future reform of online safety in Australia.

Relevant Documentation

Online Safety Charter—consultation paper

Published 16th Feb 2019

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This draft Charter includes a set of proposed expectations or standards for technology firms regarding online safety.


The Online Safety Charter was released in December 2019, setting out the Government’s expectations for industry to protect Australians from harmful online experiences.

Online Safety Charter


16 Feb 2019 08:45 AEDT
05 Apr 2019 17:00 AEDT
This consultation is closed.


Alannah & Madeline Foundation
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Alannah & Madeline Foundation - Appendix eSmart Schools Report
Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia
Collective Shout
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Communications Alliance
Digital Industry Group Inc