The Australian Communications and Media Authority and Northern Territory Police have joined forces in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children online.
A new memorandum of understanding provides for the ACMA to notify police in the Top End where there is evidence to show that child sexual abuse content ‘concerns’ the Northern Territory. This allows for police to be alerted, not just if content is accessed in the Territory, but also where Territorians appear to be involved in the production or hosting of child sexual abuse material.
‘Our agreement with NT Police is a watershed moment for the fight against sexual abuse of children online,’ said the ACMA’s Cyber Safety spokesman, Richard Bean.
‘This MOU adds to a number of similar agreements which are building towards a national network facilitating the rapid notification of illegal material to Australian police.’
‘By working with the broadest range of government agencies to fight online child sexual abuse, NT Police ensure that children in the Territory stay protected,’ said Commissioner John McRoberts APM. ‘This new relationship with the ACMA works to provide another layer of support to the wide range of operations we undertake to target those who exploit children.’
This agreement is the fifth to be signed between the ACMA and Australian police forces since January last year, and follows pacts with the NSW Police Force, Tasmania Police, Western Australian Police and the Australian Federal Police.
By allying with police nationwide, the ACMA is building the spine of a ‘fast track’ mechanism to quickly pass information about online child sexual abuse material to law enforcement partners here, and overseas.
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).
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Media release 10/2014 - 19 February