An agreement between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has been entered to help combat the flow of child abuse materials on the internet.
The AFP and ACMA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote greater efficiency in identifying and removing websites containing illegal child exploitation images and helping to remove offenders from the community.
Deputy Commissioner of the AFP, Michael Phelan welcomed the new, formalised partnership.
New agreement to protect kids
“The AFP works closely with a wide network of international and Australian partners to keep prohibited materials off the internet,” Deputy Commissioner Phelan said.
“All appropriate measures are taken to ensure that law enforcement authorities are in a better position to stop the exploitation of children and child sex crimes, and this MoU is yet another example of that shared commitment.”
Deputy Chair of ACMA, Richard Bean said the relationship between the two agencies had been very successful.
“It is through our strong relationship with the AFP that the ACMA is at its most effective as a frontline agency dealing with reports from the Australian public about child sexual abuse material and other illegal online content,” Mr Bean said.
“Each and every item of child abuse material that is removed from the internet means a real reduction in the re-victimisation of the children depicted and the number of families inadvertently exposed to deeply disturbing content.”