Private Member’s Bill and Explanatory Memorandum

The Australian Labor Party has introduced a Bill to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) to introduce three new telecommunications offences.

The Bill contains important new offences that will prescribe appropriate penalties for persons involved in image-based sexual exploitation, also known as ‘revenge porn’. The offences reflect the community’s increased use of telecommunications to engage in harmful and abusive behaviour of a sexual nature and the harm that can be caused.

The proposed offences prohibiting revenge porn focus on the use offenders make of technological tools to engage in sexual exploitation. The offences are designed to respond to the harm that is caused to a person that has their private sexual material shared without their consent.

You can read the bill introduced to the House here and the explanatory memorandum for the bill here.