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What we can investigate

We give priority to the investigation of child sexual abuse material, as well as pro-terrorist content and content that promotes, incites or instructs in crime or violence.

Stay safe

If someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) now.


Online child sexual exploitation, including online grooming and inappropriate contact, should be reported to the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE). If you are concerned about the possibility that your child is at risk, or you know of a child possibly at risk, act on it.


The ACCCE uses the internationally recognised Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) logo and report abuse button to support VGT’s delivery of a coordinated international law enforcement response to online child sexual abuse. Make a report to the AFP at


Report Abuse


Reports can also be made in confidence to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

National classification scheme

We assess online content against the National Classification Scheme — the same scheme that applies to films, publications and computer games.

Other types of material that are prohibited or potentially prohibited are detailed in the table below.



Abhorrent violent material

We also assess content against the Abhorrent Violent Material (AVM) regime under the Criminal Code Act 1995. 

The Act defines AVM as audio, visual or audio-visual material created by a perpetrator or an accomplice that records or streams: 

  • a terrorist act leading to serious injury or death
  • murder or attempted murder
  • torture 
  • rape
  • kidnapping involving violence or the threat of violence. 

For more information, see The actions we can take.


What we can't investigate

Read about what we can’t investigate.