Report to the eSafety Commissioner

How to report image-based abuse to the eSafety Commissioner

Under recent changes to the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 (the Act) , we can help with the removal of intimate images or videos, and in some cases, take action against the person who shared intimate images or videos without the consent of the person in the images.

For help with image-based abuse, please complete our online report form. Based on the information you provide in the form, your report will be submitted to us as either a complaint or an objection notice .

Who can make a report about image-based abuse?

Any of the following persons can report image-based abuse to us:

  • the person in the intimate image or video
  • a person authorised by the person in the intimate image or video to make a report on their behalf
  • a parent or guardian on behalf of a child who is under 16
  • a parent or guardian on behalf of a person who is in a mental or physical condition that makes them incapable of managing their own affairs.

Please be aware that we can only help if:

  • the person in the image ordinarily resides in Australia, or
  • the person who posted the image ordinarily resides in Australia, or
  • the intimate image is hosted in Australia.

What is the difference between a complaint and an objection notice?

A complaint can be made by a person or someone on their behalf where:

  • an intimate image has been posted, or threatened to be posted, without their consent
  • the posting, or threatened posting, is to a social media service, website or by some other electronic means
  • there is an Australian connection, that is:
    • the person in the intimate image lives in Australia, or
    • the person who posted, or threatened to post, the intimate image lives in Australia, or
    • the intimate image is hosted in Australia.

An objection notice can be given by a person or someone on their behalf where:

  • an intimate image has been posted
  • there is an Australian connection, that is:
    • the person in the intimate image lives in Australia, or
    • the person who posted the intimate image lives in Australia, or
    • the intimate image is hosted in Australia.

Objection notices may be useful where a person initially consented to the posting of the intimate image or video but now wants it removed.

The action we may be able to take differs depending on whether a complaint or objection notice is made to us about the intimate image or video.

We can take removal action in response to both complaints and objection notices.

We may also be able to take action against the person who posted, or threatened to post, the intimate image without consent, but only in relation to complaints.

You can find out more about complaints and objection notices by looking at the Act . The relevant sections of the Act are section 19A for complaints and section 19B for objection notices.

Make a report

Start your report

If you require an accessible version of the report form please email imagebasedabuse@esafety.gov.au

Staying safe

  • Make sure that you are in a safe place.
  • If you are at risk of immediate harm call Triple Zero (000) .
  • If you are experiencing image-based abuse as part of an abusive relationship, contact your local police or a social worker.