Australia is considered one of the world’s leading countries in the development of laws and regulations to curb the rapid onset of online abuse and technology-based harm. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) has been established and is moving fast to implement change with social media companies, including creating accountability for online abuse that occurs within their platforms and apps. Our criminal laws are updating slowly to allow prosecution of cyberbullies.
Institutional elder abuse is sadly a significant issue in Australia. The recently completed Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, as well as the ongoing Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, have shone the spotlight on the distressing and all too common instances of abuse of vulnerable populations in care.