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The ACMA joins with SA Police to fight online child sexual abuse

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority and South Australia Police have signed a new agreement to strengthen efforts against child sexual material shared on the internet.

For the first time, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) allows the ACMA to notify SA Police when there is evidence that content is produced or hosted in—or has been accessed from—South Australia.

‘We are renewing agreements with police agencies across the country to help ensure Australian families and children are protected from serious illegal online content,’ said ACMA Deputy Chairman and Cybersafety spokesman, Richard Bean. ‘Our renewed partnership with SA Police assists us to quickly remove child sexual abuse material.’

‘Formal agreements such as this with the communications regulator complement and enhance our operations against those who exploit and sexually abuse children online,’ said SA Police Commissioner Gary Burns. ‘The ACMA’s national Hotline for complaints about online content is an important mechanism for effectively dealing with child sexual abuse material.’

The new MOU is the sixth to be signed with Australian law enforcement agencies. Since January 2013, agreements have been concluded with the Australian Federal Police, and the police forces of New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The ACMA has also teamed up with Crime Stoppers Australia to make it easier than ever for Australian residents to complain about illegal online content using the national Crime Stoppers Australia web portal. Visiting either the ACMA or Crime Stoppers Australia websites means complaints are directed to the agency best equipped to take action.

Reports about offensive or illegal online content should be made to the ACMA Hotline.

If you are aware that a child or other person is in immediate danger, or is at risk of serious harm, call the police on Triple Zero (000).

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

Media release 30/2014 - 11 June

Last updated: 14 August 2017