Headed by Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s leader and national coordinating body for online safety.
The Office is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-fo profit community.
At the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, all our resources and services are underpinned by evidence-based research into internet use, online safety, e-security and related issues. We engage stakeholders with diverse experience and knowledge, including the Online Safety Consultative Working Group, to inform our work and the development of proactive strategies and solutions to keep Australians safer online.
With more than 1 in 5 Australians between 16 and 49 years reporting that they have experienced image-based abuse, this website aims to encourage victims to stand up to the abuse and regain control. It provides:
- Information and advice — including when to engage help from police, seek legal advice and information about Australian Commonwealth law and state laws relating to image-based abuse.
- Options for removing and reporting abusive images and video — how to report image-based abuse to social media services and websites, how to make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, and how to contact someone who has your image.
- Resources and case studies — including support guides, real life stories and contacts for support and counselling.
- Help for young people — through programs like Young & eSafe, our youth-oriented platform designed to engage and empower young people to take control of their online experiences. Our award winning educational resource Rewrite Your Story provides real life stories, advice and support for young people to navigate their lives online.
- Help for teachers — with our range of school-based educational resources and programs to assist teachers in guiding students to become responsible digital citizens.
- Help for parents — through the online resource hub, iParent, where parents can learn about online risks, how to manage these risks, parental controls, and trending issues and technologies.
- Help for women — through our eSafetyWomen online portal women can learn to manage risks around technology facilitated abuse by giving them the tools they need to protect themselves and be more confident online.
- Help for cyberbullying — through an online advice and reporting tool for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying.
- Help for older Australians — through a new online portal to increase the digital skills, confidence and safety of those with limited digital literacy, to be launched in partnership with the Department of Social Services in October, 2017.
- Help for community groups — with our Outreach program, we’re promoting online safety and building digital citizenship skills in classrooms, frontline services and a diverse range of community groups across Australia.
- Help for understanding online safety issues and trends — through our big issues resource or get the latest from our Commissioner’s blog.
- Help to report child sexual abuse images and terrorist content — through an online mechanism to report offensive and illegal content.