Inman Grant's reappointment as eSafety commissioner comes with new powers

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The federal government has reappointed Julie Inman Grant as the country’s eSafety commissioner. 

The reappointment comes simultaneously with the Online Safety Act, which passed last year, officially coming into effect.

“The Online Safety Act commences operation [on Sunday] and Ms Inman Grant’s reappointment provides certainty, particularly to community organisations and industry who have been working with the office of the eSafety Commissioner for some time,” said Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts.

Inman Grant was first put into the role in 2016, months after the Office of the eSafety Commissioner was established under the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). 

During her tenure, the eSafety commissioner has steadily expanded from initially only protecting children to a remit of providing supporting mechanisms for all Australians online. With the Online Safety Act now in effect, Inman Grant has even more substantial powers, such as being able to order social media platforms and other websites popular among children to remove cyberbullying content within 24 hours.

If these entities fail to remove the content, the commissioner can issue fines of up to 500 penalty units, which equates to a maximum of AU$111,000 for individuals and AU$555,000 for

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