Spam is a global problem that requires coordinated global action. Over 99 per cent of the spam that reaches Australians comes from overseas. Fighting spam nationally is vital, but long term gains can only be made through cooperation with other countries and overseas regulators.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has developed close working relationships with Internet service providers, mobile phone companies, anti-spam organisations and anti-virus software bodies and other regulators around the world. These partnerships enable organisations to:
share global intelligence on spammers
identify and close down compromised computers that spread viruses and send spam
raise consumer and business awareness about spam
develop technologies, programs and policies to fight spam.
The ACMA also collects spam reports from the Australian public for forensic analysis, which is used to assist with international investigations.
Below is some documentation illustrating Australia’s anti-spam arrangements with other countries: