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ONLINE SAFETY ACT 2021


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Objects of this Act  
   4.      Simplified outline of this Act  
   5.      Definitions  
   6.      Cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child  
   7.      Cyber-abuse material targeted at an Australian adult  
   8.      Determining whether material is offensive  
   9.      Material that depicts abhorrent violent conduct  
   10.     When material is provided on a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   11.     When material is posted by an end-user of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   12.     When material is removed from a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   13.     Social media service  
   13A.    Relevant electronic service  
   14.     Designated internet service  
   15.     Intimate image  
   16.     Non-consensual intimate image of a person  
   17.     Hosting service  
   18.     On-demand program service  
   19.     Internet service providers  
   20.     Supply of internet carriage service to the public  
   21.     Consent  
   22.     Crown to be bound  
   23.     Application of this Act  
   24.     Convention on the Rights of the Child  

   PART 2--ESAFETY COMMISSIONER

   25.     Simplified outline of this Part  
   26.     eSafety Commissioner  
   27.     Functions of the Commissioner  
   28.     Powers of the Commissioner  

   PART 3--COMPLAINTS, OBJECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS

           Division 1--Introduction

   29.     Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Complaints about cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child

   30.     Complaints about cyber-bullying material  
   31.     Investigation of complaints  

           Division 3--Complaints about, and objections to, intimate images

   32.     Complaints  
   33.     Objection notice  
   34.     Investigation of complaints  
   35.     Commissioner's response to objection notices  

           Division 4--Complaints about cyber-abuse material targeted at an Australian adult

   36.     Complaints about cyber-abuse material  
   37.     Investigation of complaints  

           Division 5--Complaints relating to the online content scheme

   38.     Complaints about class 1 material or class 2 material  
   39.     Complaints relating to breach of a service provider rule etc.  
   40.     Complaints relating to breach of an industry code etc.  
   41.     Residency etc. of complainant  
   42.     Commissioner may investigate matters  
   43.     Commissioner may refuse to investigate certain matters  

   PART 4--BASIC ONLINE SAFETY EXPECTATIONS

           Division 1--Introduction

   44.     Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Basic online safety expectations

   45.     Basic online safety expectations  
   46.     Core expectations  
   47.     Consultation  
   48.     Service provider notifications  

           Division 3--Reporting

              Subdivision A--Periodic reporting about compliance with basic online safety expectations

   49.     Periodic reporting notice  
   50.     Compliance with notice  
   51.     Formal warning  
   52.     Periodic reporting determination  
   53.     Compliance with determination  
   54.     Formal warning  
   55.     Service provider notifications  

              Subdivision B--Non-periodic reporting about compliance with basic online safety expectations

   56.     Non-periodic reporting notice  
   57.     Compliance with notice  
   58.     Formal warning  
   59.     Non-periodic reporting determination  
   60.     Compliance with determination  
   61.     Formal warning  
   62.     Service provider notifications  

              Subdivision C--Self-incrimination

   63.     Self-incrimination  

   PART 5--CYBER-BULLYING MATERIAL TARGETED AT AN AUSTRALIAN CHILD

   64.     Simplified outline of this Part  
   65.     Removal notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   66.     Removal notice given to a hosting service provider  
   67.     Compliance with removal notice  
   68.     Formal warning  
   70.     End-user notice  
   71.     Compliance with end-user notice  
   72.     Formal warning  
   73.     Service provider notifications  

   PART 6--NON-CONSENSUAL SHARING OF INTIMATE IMAGES

           Division 1--Introduction

   74.     Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Intimate images must not be posted without consent etc

   75.     Posting an intimate image  
   76.     Formal warning  

           Division 3--Removal notices

   77.     Removal notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   78.     Removal notice given to an end-user  
   79.     Removal notice given to a hosting service provider  
   80.     Compliance with removal notice  
   81.     Formal warning  

           Division 4--Miscellaneous

   83.     Remedial direction  
   84.     Formal warning  
   85.     Service provider notifications  
   86.     Exempt provision of an intimate image  

   PART 7--CYBER-ABUSE MATERIAL TARGETED AT AN AUSTRALIAN ADULT

   87.     Simplified outline of this Part  
   88.     Removal notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   89.     Removal notice given to an end-user  
   90.     Removal notice given to a hosting service provider  
   91.     Compliance with removal notice  
   92.     Formal warning  
   93.     Service provider notifications  

   PART 8--MATERIAL THAT DEPICTS ABHORRENT VIOLENT CONDUCT

           Division 1--Introduction

   94.     Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Blocking requests

   95.     Blocking request  
   96.     Duration of blocking request  
   97.     Revocation of blocking request  
   98.     Notification in relation to domain names and URLs  

           Division 3--Blocking notices

   99.     Blocking notice  
   100.    Duration of blocking notice  
   101.    Revocation of blocking notice  
   102.    Notification in relation to domain names and URLs  
   103.    Compliance with blocking notice  

           Division 4--Exempt material

   104.    Exempt material  

   PART 9--ONLINE CONTENT SCHEME

           Division 1--Introduction

   105.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   106.    Class 1 material  
   107.    Class 2 material  
   108.    Restricted access system  

           Division 2--Removal notices relating to class 1 material

   109.    Removal notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   110.    Removal notice given to a hosting service provider  
   111.    Compliance with removal notice  
   112.    Formal warning  
   113.    Revocation of removal notice  
   113A.   Service provider notifications  

           Division 3--Removal notices relating to class 2 material

   114.    Removal notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   115.    Removal notice given to a hosting service provider  
   116.    Compliance with removal notice  
   117.    Formal warning  
   118.    Revocation of removal notice  
   118A.   Service provider notifications  

           Division 4--Remedial notices relating to class 2 material

   119.    Remedial notice given to the provider of a social media service, relevant electronic service or designated internet service  
   120.    Remedial notice given to a hosting service provider  
   121.    Compliance with remedial notice  
   122.    Formal warning  
   123.    Revocation of remedial notice  
   123A.   Service provider notifications  

           Division 5--Link deletion notices

   124.    Link deletion notice  
   125.    Compliance with link deletion notice  
   126.    Formal warning  
   127.    Revocation of link deletion notice  

           Division 6--App removal notices

   128.    App removal notice  
   129.    Compliance with app removal notice  
   130.    Formal warning  
   131.    Revocation of app removal notice  

           Division 7--Industry codes and industry standards

              Subdivision A--Interpretation

   132.    Industry codes  
   133.    Industry standards  
   134.    Online activity  
   135.    Sections of the online industry  
   136.    Participants in a section of the online industry  

              Subdivision B--General principles relating to industry codes and industry standards

   137.    Statement of regulatory policy  
   138.    Examples of matters that may be dealt with by industry codes and industry standards  
   139.    Escalation of complaints  

              Subdivision C--Industry codes

   140.    Registration of industry codes  
   141.    Commissioner may request codes  
   141A.   Publication of notice where no body or association represents a section of the online industry  
   142.    Replacement of industry codes  
   143.    Compliance with industry codes  
   144.    Formal warnings--breach of industry codes  

              Subdivision D--Industry standards

   145.    Commissioner may determine an industry standard  
   146.    Compliance with industry standards  
   147.    Formal warnings--breach of industry standards  
   148.    Public consultation on industry standards  

              Subdivision E--Register of industry codes and industry standards

   149.    Commissioner to maintain Register of industry codes and industry standards  

              Subdivision F--Miscellaneous

   150.    Industry standards prevail over inconsistent industry codes  

           Division 8--Service provider determinations

   151.    Service provider determinations  
   152.    Exemptions from service provider determinations  
   153.    Compliance with service provider rules  
   154.    Remedial directions--breach of service provider rules  
   155.    Formal warnings--breach of service provider rules  

           Division 9--Federal Court orders

   156.    Federal Court may order a person to cease providing a social media service  
   157.    Federal Court may order a person to cease providing a relevant electronic service  
   158.    Federal Court may order a person to cease providing a designated internet service  
   159.    Federal Court may order a person to cease supplying an internet carriage service  

           Division 10--Commissioner may obtain advice from the Classification Board

   160.    Commissioner may obtain advice from the Classification Board  

   PART 10--ENFORCEMENT

   161.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   162.    Civil penalty provision  
   163.    Infringement notices  
   164.    Enforceable undertakings  
   165.    Injunctions  

   PART 11--ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE COMMISSIONER

           Division 1--Introduction

   166.    Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Appointment of the Commissioner

   167.    Appointment of the Commissioner  
   168.    Period of appointment for the Commissioner  
   169.    Acting appointments  
   170.    Application of finance law  

           Division 3--Terms and conditions for the Commissioner

   171.    Remuneration and allowances  
   172.    Leave of absence  
   173.    Outside employment  
   174.    Disclosure of interests to the Minister  
   175.    Resignation  
   176.    Termination of appointment  
   177.    Other terms and conditions  

           Division 4--Other matters

   178.    Supplementary powers  
   179.    Commissioner's liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities  
   180.    Commissioner has privileges and immunities of the Crown  
   181.    Delegation by the Commissioner to a member of the staff of the ACMA etc.  
   182.    Delegation by the Commissioner to a contractor engaged by the Commissioner  
   183.    Annual report  
   183A.   Advisory committees  
   184.    Assistance to the Commissioner  
   185.    Contractors engaged by the Commissioner  
   186.    Commissioner not subject to direction by the ACMA etc.  
   187.    Consultants  
   188.    Minister may give directions to the Commissioner  

   PART 12--ONLINE SAFETY SPECIAL ACCOUNT

   189.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   190.    Online Safety Special Account  
   191.    Credits to the Account  
   192.    Purposes of the Account  

   PART 13--INFORMATION-GATHERING POWERS

   193.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   194.    Commissioner may obtain end-user identity information or contact details  
   195.    Compliance with notice  
   196.    Self-incrimination  

   PART 14--INVESTIGATIVE POWERS

   197.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   198.    Application of this Part  
   199.    Notice requiring appearance for examination  
   200.    Examination on oath or affirmation  
   201.    Examination to take place in private  
   202.    Record to be made of examination  
   203.    Production of documents for inspection  
   204.    Protection of persons giving evidence  
   205.    Non-compliance with requirement to give evidence  

   PART 15--DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

   206.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   207.    Scope  
   208.    Disclosure to Minister  
   209.    Disclosure to Secretary, or APS employees, for advising the Minister  
   210.    Disclosure to a member of the staff of the ACMA etc.  
   211.    Disclosure to Royal Commissions  
   212.    Disclosure to certain authorities  
   213.    Disclosure to teachers or school principals  
   214.    Disclosure to parents or guardians  
   215.    Disclosure with consent  
   216.    Disclosure of publicly available information  
   217.    Disclosure of summaries and statistics  
   218.    Relationship with Parts 13 and 15 of the Telecommunications Act 1997  

   PART 16--MISCELLANEOUS

   219.    Simplified outline of this Part  
   220.    Review of decisions by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal  
   220A.   Internal review of decisions  
   221.    Protection from civil proceedings  
   222.    Liability for damages  
   223.    Protection from criminal proceedings--Commissioner, Classification Board etc.  
   224.    Referral of matters to law enforcement agencies  
   225.    Deferral of action in order to avoid prejudicing a criminal investigation  
   226.    Copies of material  
   227.    Compensation for acquisition of property  
   228.    Service of notices by electronic means  
   229.    Service of notices on contact person etc.  
   230.    Instruments under this Act may provide for matters by reference to other instruments  
   231.    This Act does not limit Schedule 8 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992  
   232.    This Act does not limit the Telecommunications Act 1997  
   233.    Implied freedom of political communication  
   234.    Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws  
   235.    Liability of Australian hosting service providers and internet service providers under State and Territory laws etc.  
   236.    This Act not to affect performance of State or Territory functions  
   237.    Revocation or variation of instruments  
   238.    Provider of social media service, relevant electronic service, designated internet service or app distribution service  
   239.    Extended meaning of use  
   239A.   Review of operation of this Act  
   240.    Legislative rules  


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