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ACMA Hotline and NSW Police join forces to combat child abuse material

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority and the New South Wales Police Force have taken their relationship to a new level in the fight against online child sexual abuse material, including its distribution via peer-to-peer networks.

A new agreement signed today reflects changes in the way illegal content is produced and distributed. It provides for targeted reporting of child sexual abuse material to NSW Police where the ACMA has evidence that the material is produced or hosted in, or accessed from, NSW.

‘Maintaining a strong line of communication with police agencies across the country is one of our most effective weapons against illegal online content,’ said ACMA Deputy Chairman and Cybersafety Spokesman, Richard Bean. ‘Every image of child abuse removed from the internet helps to make it a safer place for everyone, and reduces the risk of re-victimisation of the children involved.’

‘NSW Police employ a range of methods aimed at fighting child sexual abuse,’ said Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, Commander of the NSW Police Force Sex Crimes Squad. ‘Partnerships such as this one with the communications regulator are crucial to disrupting serious criminal activity.’

The new agreement is the second to be signed with Australian police this year. In January, the ACMA and the Australian Federal Police finalised an agreement allowing the ACMA to rapidly pass information to law enforcement organisations around the world.

The ACMA Hotline continues to develop its relationships with Australian law enforcement and is now working closely with Crime Stoppers to make it easier for Australians to report illegal online content and criminal information. Members of the public visiting either the ACMA or Crime Stoppers websites will be directed to the most appropriate agency to handle their report.

Reports about offensive or illegal online content may be made to the ACMA Hotline or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you are aware a child or other person is in immediate danger, 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 81/2013 - 28 October

Last updated: 14 August 2017