Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 399. Updated Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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The force is with ACMA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority ( ACMA) has joined forces with the Northern Territory Police to combat online sexual exploitation of children.

Under a new memorandum of understanding, ACMA will notify police when there is evidence that child sexual abuse content is accessed in the Territory, or when Territorians appear to be involved in the production or hosting of child sexual abuse material.

The spokesman for ACMA's Cyber Safety unit, Richard Bean said the agreement with NT Police was a watershed moment for the fight against sexual abuse of children online.

"This MOU adds to a number of similar agreements which are building towards a national network facilitating the rapid notification of illegal material to Australian police,'' he said.

Deal to fight online predators

NT Police Commissioner, John McRoberts said by working with the broadest range of Government Agencies to fight online child sexual abuse, NT Police could ensure that children in the Territory stayed protected.

"This new relationship with the ACMA works to provide another layer of support to the wide range of operations we undertake to target those who exploit children," he said.

This agreement is the fifth to be signed between the ACMA and Australian police forces since January last year, and follows pacts with the NSW Police Force , Tasmania Police , Western Australian Police and the Australian Federal Police.

ACMA said that its alliance with police nationwide, was building the spine of a "fast track" mechanism to quickly pass information about online child sexual abuse material to law enforcement partners here, and overseas.

ACMA has also teamed up with Crime Stoppers Australia to make it easier than ever for Australian residents to complain about illegal online content using the national Crime Stoppers Australia web portal.

Visiting either the ACMA or Crime Stoppers Australia websites means complaints are directed to the Agency best equipped to take action.

Reports about offensive or illegal online content should be made to the ACMA Hotline.

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