Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

We want all Australians to engage online safely and with confidence.

More than ever, Australians are connecting online to work, stay in touch with friends and family and to access a variety of online services and content.

While there are many benefits offered by the online world, there are also risks. The types of harms people can find online include: cyberbullying and cyber-abuse, image-based abuse and exposure to illegal or harmful content.

Everyone has a role to play in maintaining online safety.

Our Department leads policy development for online safety, with the aim of supporting Australians to have safe online experiences and ensuring that there are protections in place to mitigate the risks of Australians being exposed to harmful online material.

Policies

21 May 2021
Certain types of developments may be exempt from the requirements to install fibre-ready pit and pipe under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
19 October 2020
The ACCC has declared a layer 2-bitstream service. This service is called the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The ACCC declared the LBAS in February 2012, and subsequently made a final access determination for the LBAS declaration.
16 December 2015
Dial Before You Dig is Australia’s free referral service for information on the location of underground infrastructure.
15 November 2013
Illegal and offensive online content is regulated through the Online Content Scheme under Schedule 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 through a complaints-based mechanism.