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Online Safety Bill 2021

Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: retains and replicates certain provisions in the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015, including the non-consensual sharing of intimate images scheme; specifies basic online safety expectations; establishes an online content scheme for the removal of certain material; creates a complaints-based removal notice scheme for cyber-abuse being perpetrated against an Australian adult; broadens the cyber-bullying scheme to capture harms occurring on services other than social media; reduces the timeframe for service providers to respond to a removal notice from the eSafety Commissioner; brings providers of app distribution services and internet search engine services into the remit of the new online content scheme; and establishes a power for the eSafety Commissioner to request or require internet service providers to disable access to material depicting, promoting, inciting or instructing in abhorrent violent conduct for time-limited periods in crisis situations.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24 Feb 2021
Second reading moved 24 Feb 2021
Second reading debate 16 Mar 2021
Second reading agreed to 16 Mar 2021
Third reading agreed to 16 Mar 2021
Introduced and read a first time 17 Mar 2021
Second reading moved 17 Mar 2021
Second reading debate 16 Jun 2021
Second reading debate 17 Jun 2021
Second reading agreed to 22 Jun 2021
Third reading agreed to
  • : Amendment details: 11 Government (1 as amended by 3 Opposition) and 7 Opposition agreed to
22 Jun 2021
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
23 Jun 2021
Finally passed both Houses 23 Jun 2021
  • Act no: 76
  • Year: 2021
23 Jul 2021

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments


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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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