Building capacity within the Indo-Pacific region

A strategic priority for eSafety is developing stronger and closer cooperative relationships in the Indo-Pacific region.

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World-first online safety regulatory partnership

In February 2021, eSafety and the Fiji Online Safety Commission announced the world's first online safety regulator partnership. This strengthens the Vuvale Partnership which supports cooperation, consultation and friendship between Australia and Fiji.

To mark the occasion, a virtual meeting was held between Australia's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant and Fiji's former Online Safety Commissioner Anne Dunn-Baleilevuka. You can watch the video and read more about our shared commitment to helping create safer online environments in our region and across the world.

Now we are both founding members of the Global Online Safety Regulators Network, along with the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In conversation: Commissioner to Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia & Anne Dunn-Baleilevuka, Online Safety Commissioner, Fiji speak about being online safety partners in the Pacific.

Online safety projects

eSafety is funded to deliver various online safety projects in Southeast Asia and the Pacific under the Cyber and Critical Technology Program led by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Building online safety capabilities in the Pacific

As the world’s two first online safety regulators, eSafety works with Fiji’s Online Safety Commission to build and strengthen its capabilities.

We support Fiji’s efforts to: 

  • prevent online harms through education
  • protect people through managing complaints and working with the online industry 
  • prioritise proactive system change through regional and international relations and partnerships.

Under the project partnership, eSafety and the Fiji Online Safety Commission have developed localised Fijian versions of two online safety booklets in English, Fiji Hindi and iTaukei. For more information see Resources for international audiences.

Providing a model for initiatives for women in the Pacific

eSafety works with national and regional stakeholders in the Pacific to address online gender-based violence and to strengthen national and regional policy responses to this issue.
The project draws on eSafety’s resources for women to increase the professional capability of frontline workers throughout the Pacific, so they can better identify and respond to online gender-based violence. It also provides tailored training to Pacific women who experience gender-based violence as a result of having an online presence for work.

Promoting Safety by Design in Southeast Asia

This project showcases our Safety by Design approach to online safety. Safety by Design encourages placing user safety at the core of the design, development and deployment of tech products and services. 

We are building greater cooperation on Safety by Design between governments, industry and civil society organisations, to help protect citizens and promote online safety in Southeast Asia.

For more information, see: Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program.

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