Terms of Reference

The adequacy of existing offences in the Commonwealth Criminal Code and of state and territory criminal laws to capture cyberbullying, including:

  1. the broadcasting of assaults and other crimes via social media platforms;
  2. the application of section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code ‘Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence’, and the adequacy of the penalty, particularly where the victim of cyberbullying has self-harmed or taken their own life;
  3. the adequacy of the policies, procedures and practices of social media platforms in preventing and addressing cyberbullying;
  4. other measures used to combat cyberbullying predominantly between school children and young people; and
  5. any other related matter.

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Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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legcon.sen@aph.gov.au