the online infrastructure in Australia is
continuously developing and growing, the government
is setting it clear that it is out to make the
Internet a safer media for everyone.
numerous Internet issues that are being addressed by
the federal government, in cooperation with the
different Internet service providers nationwide.
Australia online is always kid-friendly,
responsible and safe.
Since 2000, a legislation called the Broadcasting
Services Act has been closely monitoring the kind of
content circulating across Australia online.
are specific and immoral materials and contents that
are being banned to make the online media safer and
cleaner for everyone.
This has not been
openly welcomed and embraced by the patrons of smut
and hard-core adult material, but there are
generally more people who are raving and having
sighs of relief.
Is Australia online really free
from adult content? Do not be misled. Internet in the
country is not totally filtered to screen out
content and entertainment for adults, who still have
rights to enjoy what they want to enjoy as
Online prohibitions only cover unlikely
and taboo materials like child pornography, drug
abuse, confidential crime information, bestiality
and excessive violence. The Australian Broadcasting Authority
is a regulator assigned to be the arbiter in making sure
ISPs block access of Websites with such content within the
You might be asking, everyday, there
are tens to hundreds of new Websites that are developed,
designed and rolled out. How could local regulators and ISPs
be sure that all banned content and materials will not find
its way to Internet users’ computers?
The communications, information technology and arts ministry
of Australia is mandated to produce and provide a
comprehensive list of censored and banned Websites at least
every six months.
Is freedom and privacy curtailed because of regulations and
censorship in Australia online? The answer could still be a
no. Internet users could still very much enjoy surfing and
gathering information across the online media. It is just
that higher level of responsibility is infused and applied.
People with unlikely preference in information and
perversity are advised not to take chances in finding the
sites they like when in Australia. In contrast, parents
could rest assured their kids and teens will not be easily
exposed to unlikely and inappropriate content and materials.
In the workplace, employers are mandated to intercept and
monitor emails and online activities of employees, only
after such employees provide full consent to be subjected to
such censorship. Again, employees are advised that personal
emails and private materials should not be stored in office
computers. Obviously and logically, online censorship is
also most welcomed by employers, who could cut costs in
monitoring office networks for possible use of smut and
inappropriate adult materials, especially during office