Spam: the ACMA's role | ACMA

Spam: the ACMA's role

What is the ACMA’s role?

The Telecommunications Act 1997 gives the ACMA powers to search premises and seize equipment where an ACMA inspector suspects on reasonable grounds that the Act has been breached, and to impose and enforce penalties. The Act also provides for orders for forfeiture of profits derived from spam, and payment of compensation to spam victims.

Penalties for breaching the Act are up to $1.1 million per day, in respect of all the messages sent in breach of the Act on that day.


  • Provides information on how to reduce the amount of spam you receive.

  • Advises organisations on how to meet the requirements of the Spam Act 2003 and how to avoid sending spam.

  • Investigates potential contraventions of the Spam Act 2003.

Fact sheets

Protecting your email inbox from spam [PDF 27 kb]
Spam Act for the real estate industry [PDF 92 kb]
rotecting yourself from spam [PDF 60 kb]
nderstanding the consent provisions in the Spam Act [PDF 69 kb]

Last updated: 23 January 2018