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Online Safety Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Before Senate
Portfolio
Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

Summary

Introduced with the Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: retains and replicates certain provisions in the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015, including the non-consensual sharing of intimate images scheme; specifies basic online safety expectations; establishes an online content scheme for the removal of certain material; creates a complaints-based removal notice scheme for cyber-abuse being perpetrated against an Australian adult; broadens the cyber-bullying scheme to capture harms occurring on services other than social media; reduces the timeframe for service providers to respond to a removal notice from the eSafety Commissioner; brings providers of app distribution services and internet search engine services into the remit of the new online content scheme; and establishes a power for the eSafety Commissioner to request or require internet service providers to disable access to material depicting, promoting, inciting or instructing in abhorrent violent conduct for time-limited periods in crisis situations.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/02/21  
Second reading moved 24/02/21  
Second reading debate 16/03/21  
Second reading agreed to 16/03/21  
Third reading agreed to 16/03/21  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17/03/21  
Second reading moved 17/03/21  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Government [sheet SW125]

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Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Referred to Committee (25/02/2021): Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; Committee report (12/03/2021)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/03/2021): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 3 of 2021
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/03/2021): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 5 of 2021