The national fight against online child sexual abuse received a boost today, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Tasmania Police signing a new agreement
to strengthen measures to combat the online sexual exploitation of children.
The agreement improves the ACMA’s ability to support police in Tasmania where evidence shows child abuse material is hosted or produced in—or has been accessed from—the state.
‘The welfare of Tasmanian kids is the focus of this agreement, with the ACMA undertaking to notify state police where images show children at risk of abuse or neglect,’ said ACMA Deputy Chairman and Cybersafety spokesman, Richard Bean.
‘The ACMA continues to build relationships with police forces across the country. By partnering with Tasmania Police to help eradicate online child abuse material, we make the internet a safer place for everyone.’
‘This is an important tool to help combat online exploitation,’ said Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine. ‘Tasmania Police actively work to detect and prosecute those who would produce, access or distribute images of child abuse. Developing partnerships with agencies such as the ACMA is fundamental to our success.’
The agreement is the third to be signed with Australian police forces this year. The first, signed in January with the Australian Federal Police, allows the ACMA to rapidly pass information to its global network of law enforcement agencies. In October, the ACMA and NSW Police joined forces to combat online child sexual abuse by improving how critical information is shared.
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 ensures 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: www.acma.goc.au/hotline.
If you are aware a child or other person is in immediate danger, or as at risk of serious harm, call the police on Triple Zero (000).
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Media release 89/2013 - 10 December