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Stronger laws to stop image-based abuse

Australians who share, or threaten to share, intimate images without consent could now be jailed for up to seven years.

Civil penalties and targeted criminal offences for sharing intimate images without consent have been introduced under Commonwealth law.

The Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2018 was passed by Parliament late last month, as part of the Government's commitment to online safety.

The eSafety Commissioner can now issue 'removal notices' to perpetrators, websites, content hosts and social media providers, directing them to remove offending content within 48 hours.

Individuals may be subject to civil penalties of up to $105,000 and corporations up to $525,000 if they do not remove offending content when directed to by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Perpetrators may also face imprisonment for up to five years, or seven years if they have received three civil penalty orders.

The legislation complements existing Commonwealth, state and territory laws and reinforces the Government's zero tolerance approach to the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

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