Suspected paedophile activity

If a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).

If a child’s personal safety is at risk, contact your local police.

Grooming and procuring of children over the internet are crimes investigated by the police. If you have encountered suspected paedophile activity online, contact your local police station. You can also make a report via the Australian Federal Police’s Online Child Exploitation form or at the ThinkUKnow and Virtual Global Taskforce websites.

If you want to make an anonymous report, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Cyberbullying and harassment

If an Australian child is a victim of cyberbullying you can make a cyberbullying complaint to our Office.

Adults who are victims of serious cyberbullying and online harassment or threats can make a report to ACORN.

If the bullying and harassment is occurring on social media, many social networking sites encourage users to report inappropriate activity. Once notified, website administrators may take action.

Cybercrime

Cybercrime can be reported to ACORN. This online reporting system automatically refers reports to the police. Matters covered include hacking, malicious software, cyberbullying, stalking behaviour, phishing, identity theft, online scams, fraud and online trading issues.

Defamation

We recommend you seek independent legal advice if you have concerns about defamation. You may be able to contact the administrators of the website and request that the content be removed. Once notified, website administrators may take action.

Frauds and scams

You can report online fraud or scams to either ACORN or SCAMwatch. Both websites provide information about how to recognise, avoid and report online fraud or scams. If fraudulent, incorrect, inaccurate or misleading online content seems to have originated from an Australian business, contact the Fair Trading organisation in your state or territory. These are listed on the SCAMwatch website.

Privacy

Complaints about the mishandling of personal details by a Commonwealth or ACT government agency, or a private sector organisation can be made to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. You may be able to contact the administrators of the website and request that the content be removed. Once notified, website administrators may take action.

If your personal safety is at risk please contact your local police. If you are in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).

Racism

The Australian Human Rights Commission investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s sex, disability, race or age. Find out more on their Complaint information page.

If your personal safety is at risk, please contact your local police. If you are in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000).

You may also wish to seek independent legal advice to determine other avenues of action.

Spam

You can report spam received by junk email, instant message, text or image-based mobile phone message, or a mobile premium service, via the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Spam complaint form.

Copyright

If you believe certain online content infringes your intellectual property rights or copyright law, consider seeking independent legal advice to determine the appropriate legal options available to you.

Further information is available from the Australian Copyright Council and IP Australia.
If you have concerns about the copyright theft of a film or television program, you can report the matter to the Australian Screen Association.

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