23 April 2018

Adequacy of existing offences in the Commonwealth Criminal Code and of state and territory criminal laws to capture cyberbullying

This report from the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee details their examination of the adequacy of existing offences to capture cyberbullying. The Committee made nine recommendations including approaching cyberbullying as a social and public health issue by improving preventative and early intervention measures; improving public awareness of current criminal offences for cyberbullying and ensuring apporopriate investigation and prosecution of serious cyberbullying. They also identified the importance of providing adequate resourcing and promotion of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and expanding the Office's role. Further recommendations involved having consistent state, territory and federal laws and other measures to deal with social media platforms.