How to Report

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This section provides information and facilities to help you report inappropriate, harmful or criminal activities that occured to children online. This information is for people who live in Australia only.

Report Abuse For advice on reporting these issues from another country, please visit the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT). The ACCCE uses the internationally recognised VGT logo and report abuse button to support VGT’s delivery of a coordinated international law enforcement response to online child sexual abuse.

If you are concerned about the possibility that your child is at risk, or you know of a child possibly at risk, act on it.

If you think a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000), Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or your local police.

If you are a victim of online child sexual exploitation, had an uncomfortable situation online, or need someone to talk to, visit the support page for more information.

Travelling child sex offenders

It is a crime for Australians to travel overseas to engage in, encourage or benefit from sexual activity with children (under 16 years of age). You can report travelling child sex offenders to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) via their online form.

Online child sexual exploitation / online grooming

This includes online grooming, sextortion or other image based abuse. You can report online child sexual exploitation or online grooming via our online form.

Illegal online content

Through the statutory Online Content Scheme, the Cyberreport team within the Office of the eSafety Commissioner helps combat illegal online content. Taking reports from members of the Australian public and law enforcement, Cyberreport seeks out, analyses and prioritises take-down of child exploitation material (CEM). Cyberreport supports the work of Federal, State and Territory police, while also assisting global efforts to remove CEM through the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE).

Reports about illegal online content can be made on the eSafety Commissioner website.

Serious cyberbullying material affecting an Australian child

The eSafety Commissioner operates a complaints scheme to tackle serious cyberbullying affecting an Australian child. Working with social media companies, the eSafety Commissioner has powers to assist the rapid removal of material when it is seriously threatening, seriously humiliating, seriously harassing, or seriously intimidating.

Reports about serious cyberbullying can be made on the eSafety Commissioner website.

Image-based abuse

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 authorities.

The eSafety Commissioner has a range of powers to help with the removal of intimate images or videos and, in some cases, take action against the person who shared the content without consent. Information for those who have experienced image-based abuse can be found at the eSafety Commissioner's image-based abuse portal. The portal delivers practical advice and resources to help victims manage the impacts of image-based abuse including information on how to report images and request takedowns, a reporting tool and quick links to support services.

Other online crime

A national online system that allows the public 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:

  • Crimes committed directly against computers and computer systems.
  • The use of technology to commit or facilitate the commission of traditional crimes.

This could include crimes such as fraud, scams and harassment.

Cybercrime should be reported to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network 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.  If you think you have been scammed you can complete a report with ScamWatch.