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Key developments

  • Civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images
  • Inquiry into protections for people who make voluntary disclosures to the ICAC
  • Online Registry and the Online Court
  • NCAT jurisdictional issue
  • Notifiable Data Breaches scheme
  • Courts in rural and regional areas
  • Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW)
  • Case guardians in family law
  • Domestic Violence Death Review Team
  • 2017 First Nations National Constitutional Convention
  • Draft Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for the Australian Legal Profession
  • Legal assistance funding
  • Reforms to land management and biodiversity conservation
  • Business payment times
  • First review of the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme and Dust Diseases Scheme
  • Local planning panels
  • Statutory Review of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012

Civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

The Commonwealth Department of Communications and the Arts has released a discussion paper for consultation regarding a proposed civil penalties regime to enforce a prohibition on non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

The Children’s Legal Issues and Privacy and Communications Committees prepared a submission to the Law Council of Australia on the proposals put forward in the discussion paper. The submission provided feedback on: the framing of the proposed civil penalties provision and the definition of ‘sharing’; the triaging processes to be adopted by the Commissioner for the handling of complaints; the sharing of intimate images between minors; information gathering powers; consent; intention to cause harm and the likelihood of harm.

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