Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 to establish the Children's eSafety Commissioner (CeSC) commenced on 1 July 2015. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Act 2017 passed Parliament and came into effect on 23 June 2017. A subsequent change in remit expanded the Commissioner’s role to promotion of online safety for all Australians and not just children. This led to the establishing legislation being renamed the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015, and the Children’s eSafety Commissioner becoming the eSafety Commissioner. In June 2021 the Australian Government enacted new legislation, the Online Safety Act 2021, which gives the eSafety Commissioner new and strengthened powers to help protect all Australians from the most serious forms of online harm and keep pace with changes in the digital landscape. The Act will take effect on 23 January 2022. The eSafety Commissioner is an independent statutory office supported by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Type of Body
E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
1 July 2015