Media Release: Agreement signed to target online child sex crime

Release Date: Tuesday, February 05 2013, 08:30 AM

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have signed a new agreement to help combat the flow of child abuse materials on the internet.

The AFP and ACMA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote greater efficiency in identifying and removing websites containing illegal child exploitation images and helping to remove offenders from the community.

The agreement signed also highlights the AFP and ACMA’s ongoing commitment to the community during Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is held annually to promote and inform the Australian public on safer internet use. The theme for the 10th annual Safer Internet Day is “Online rights and responsibilities: Connect with Respect”.  More than 90 countries are part of the Safer Internet Day initiative, which aims to educate people about how to stay safe online and to rid the internet of child exploitation websites.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan has welcomed the new, formalised partnership.

“The AFP works closely with a wide network of international and Australian partners to keep prohibited materials off the internet,” Deputy Commissioner Phelan said.

“All appropriate measures are taken to ensure that law enforcement authorities are in a better position to stop the exploitation of children and child sex crimes, and this MoU is yet another example of that shared commitment.”

ACMA Deputy Chair, Richard Bean emphasised the success of the relationship.  “It is through our strong relationship with the AFP that the ACMA is at its most effective as a frontline agency dealing with reports from the Australian public about child sexual abuse material and other illegal online content,’ he said.

“Each and every item of child abuse material that is removed from the internet means a real reduction in the re-victimisation of the children depicted and the number of families inadvertently exposed to deeply disturbing content.”
 
Both agencies work with Australian and international partners to keep children safe from online predators.  Reports about offensive or illegal online content may be made to the ACMA Hotline: www.acma.gov.au/hotline.

More information on Safer Internet Day is available at www.cybersmart.gov.au

Media enquiries:

AFP National Media Team    
Phone: (02) 6131 6333

ACMA Media Manager  
Phone: (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063