The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 (the Act) establishes a two-tier scheme for the removal from social media services of cyberbullying material targeted at an Australian child.
The Tier scheme forms a key component of the new complaints system aimed at providing children and young people with a pathway for the removal of potentially harmful cyberbullying material.
Social media services work with the Office on a co-operative basis to remove serious cyberbullying material targeted at a child.
Any social media services may volunteer to participate in Tier 1 including small social media services and the Commissioner can make a recommendation that large social media services be declared Tier 2. Tier 2 social media services are subject to legally binding notices and penalties.
Our social media partners who participate in the Tier scheme are listed on the Social media partners page.
For the purpose of the Tier scheme, a social media service includes any electronic service that has the following features:
Under ss 9(4) – (6) the Commissioner may declare in writing that a service is exempt from this definition if:
Section 5 of the Act provides that:
This information is general in nature and is made available to social media service providers.