The eSafety Commissioner was first established in 2015 as the Children's eSafety Commissioner.
The eSafety Commissioner supports individuals and promotes online safety for all Australians. This includes providing information and tools to help manage online safety risks, and administering schemes to tackle cyberbullying material targeted at an Australian child, the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and harmful online material.
The Commissioner was the world's first dedicated government organisation established to keep citizens safe online. In 2017, the Government expanded the eSafety Commissioner's remit to pursue online safety for all Australians. This included renaming the organisation, the eSafety Commissioner.
In June 2021, the Parliament passed the Online Safety Act 2021. The Act consolidated the legislative arrangements for the eSafety Commissioner and created new and strengthened schemes to keep Australians safe online, including a new scheme to address serious online abuse of adults. The new Act will commence in January 2022.