Response to the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Amendment Determination 2023

A public submission by the Digital Child

Submission made to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts in response to the draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Amendment Determination 2023 (Amendment Determination) and Consultation Paper.

Overall, the Centre welcomes the BOSE Amendment but has several recommendations.

The speed and scale of development in the field of artificial intelligence (‘AI’) and other technologies with the potential for good and harm makes the proposed amendment timely. The explicit requirement for relevant services to take reasonable steps to ensure the best interests of the child is a primary consideration at all stages of design, development and deployment of services is particularly welcome. This approach aligns with Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and with recent recommendations for reform to the Privacy Act 1988 to introduce a requirement to consider the child’s best interests in the context of personal information handling.

Online Safety submission