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Andrew Stewart heads the Australian Media & Content Group and serves as member of the Global Media Steering Committee of Baker McKenzie. A partner since 2007, Andrew is also a member of the Australian Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Technology, Communications & Commercial practice groups. Andrew also has significant in-house experience in one of Australia’s most successful television networks, giving him an insight into the media environment in Australia. He is a committee member of the Communication and Media Lawyers Association of Australia, and is an advisory board member of the Melbourne University Centre for Media and Communications in the Law. He also serves as secretary of the International Institute of Communication, Australian Chapter.

A reminder that submissions on the Government’s draft Online Safety Bill (Bill) close on 14 February.

On 23 December 2020, the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications began a consultation on the draft Bill. The Bill is designed to consolidate and supplement the range of existing regimes covering online content, most notably the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 (Cth) (EOSA) and Schedules 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) (BSA).

The Bill introduces an expanded take-down scheme for cyber-bullying and image-based abuse, a new take-down scheme for adult cyber-abuse, a set of basic online safety expectations (BOSE) for online services, a revised online content scheme and a blocking scheme for abhorrent violent material. It also reduces the time for responding to removal notices from 48 hours to 24 hours and incorporates civil penalties for non-compliance in certain circumstances.

If implemented, these proposed changes would increase the imperative for online services to take a pro-active approach and to have in place efficient mechanisms for responding to removal notices.

The Treasury’s public consultation on the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report has now closed. As we await the Government’s response to the Final Report’s 23 recommendations for wide-ranging regulatory change in areas including competition and consumer law, privacy, copyright and media regulation, Baker McKenzie presents the following video and…

The boundary between consumer protection and privacy regulation is being scrutinised and challenged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), as the collection and use of customer information plays an increasingly important role in customer service and profitability. This week, the ACCC commenced proceedings against the online health booking…

The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report has been released with 23 recommendations for wide-ranging regulatory change in areas including competition and consumer law, privacy, copyright and media regulation. This alert outlines the key points of the Final Report for consideration. Given the potential impact of these recommendations on the…