‘Revenge Porn’ Law To Take Effect On June 15

June 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Criminal Code Amendment Non-Consensual Sharing Of Intimate Images Act 2021 – the ‘revenge porn’ bill — will come into operation on June 15th, according to an official notice posted on the Government website

Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons previously said that the Bill “introduces criminal offences, and penalties relating to the non-consensual sharing, or threat of sharing, intimate images and prohibited visual recordings, as well as the offences of observing or making recordings in breach of a person’s privacy.”

“In our twenty-first century world, a new form of technology-facilitated abuse has emerged that is commonly known as ‘revenge porn’.” she said. “The relevant offences proposed within the Bill for inclusion in the Criminal Code Act 1907 are:

  • Observations or recordings in breach of privacy;
  • Distributing intimate images;
  • Distributing prohibited visual recordings; and
  • Threats to distribute intimate images or prohibited visual recordings.

“To operate as an appropriate deterrent, and to ensure the seriousness of the offences is understood by the public, the penalties for all offences are up to three years on summary conviction and up to five years on indictment.”

The Commencement Day Notice follows below [PDF here]:

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