Online child sexual abuse material

Material that shows or describes child sexual abuse or other offences against children is illegal under Australian laws.

It is an offence to:

  • access, possess, distribute, produce, advertise or make available child pornography or child abuse material
  • procure, groom or engage in sexual activity with a person under 16 years of age, or
  • send indecent communication to a person under 16 years of age.

The Australian Federal Police investigates offences relating to child sexual exploitation online. State and territory police also have a role in investigating child sexual exploitation offences.

There are established processes in place for reporting online sexual offences against children. Given the seriousness of these offences and the need to act immediately, the ACORN does not accept reports on these offences. If you suspect an adult has engaged in inappropriate activity involving a child, call the police immediately on Triple Zero 000 (if it is an emergency) or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner also takes reports of offensive and illegal online content including child sexual abuse material.