This section provides information to help you report inappropriate, harmful or criminal activities that have occurred to children online. This information is for people who live in Australia only.
If you think a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000) or your local police.
If you prefer to report anonymously, you can visit Crime Stoppers or call their toll free number 1800 333 000.
If you are a victim of online child sexual exploitation, had an uncomfortable situation online, or need someone to talk to there is help and support available, visit our support page for more information.
Online sexual exploitation most commonly includes grooming, live streaming, consuming child sexual abuse material, and coercing and blackmailing children for sexual purposes.
When making a report, it is helpful to collect evidence before the content is removed to show police exactly what happened. This includes chat, photos or videos by taking screenshots or photos. Where possible record the webpage addresses (URLs), social media details (including account or profile usernames), dates/times and any other information that you think is relevant.
If you encounter a description or depiction of child sexual abuse or other exploitative or offensive descriptions or depictions of a child (child abuse material) online or other offensive and illegal content, you can report it to the eSafety Commissioner who notify law enforcement and work to remove this content that is hosted in Australia and overseas.
If you come across illegal content such as child sexual abuse material on a social media platform, you can make a complaint directly to the provider.
Image-based abuse occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of the person pictured. This includes real, altered and drawn pictures and videos. The sharing of intimate images without consent can have serious consequences.
Creating, possessing and/or sharing sexualised images of people under 18 years can be a criminal offence and can be considered child sexual exploitation material and should be reported to law enforcement.
The eSafety Commissioner has a range of powers to help with the removal of intimate images or videos and, in some cases, take civil action against the person who shared the content without consent.
The eSafety Commissioner operates a complaints scheme to tackle serious cyberbullying affecting an Australian child. Working with social media companies, they have powers to assist the rapid removal of material when it is seriously threatening, seriously humiliating, seriously harassing, or seriously intimidating.
ReportCyber is a national online system to securely report instances of cybercrime. It also provides advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.
In Australia, cybercrime refers to:
This could include crimes such as fraud, scams and harassment. Report to ReportCyber in the first instance, or your local police.
ScamWatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
The ACCCE uses the internationally recognised the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) logo and report abuse button to support VGT’s delivery of a coordinated international law enforcement response to online child sexual abuse.