Tougher Child Sex Offender Laws Introduced
31 October 2022
We are introducing even tougher measures to hunt down child sex offenders.
The new laws will support police efforts to stop reportable offenders using the latest online technology to offend against children.
The Child Protection (Offenders Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 introduced into Parliament today targets technology-based offending.
In a first for Australia the new measures will seek to prevent and seriously disrupt these practices by:
- expanding police powers to enter the residence of a reportable offender to undertake a digital device inspection;
- requiring reportable offenders to disclose their use of anonymising software, vault and black hole applications and their media access control (MAC) address;
- introducing a new offence with penalties of up to five year imprisonment for failing to comply with a requirement to produce a digital device for a device inspection; and
- requiring reportable offenders who have been convicted of failing to comply with their reporting obligations to report those details to police within seven days.