Inquiry into Sexting

Report and Response

Final report

On 29 May 2013, the Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for the Inquiry into Sexting. pdf The report is available for download as a PDF file -  1.00 Mb.


During the course of the Inquiry the Committee received 60 written submissions and convened public hearings with 45 witnesses. The Committee also met with key individuals and organisations during overseas consultations. The report is the culmination of all of the evidence presented to the Committee.

The report contains 14 recommendations that the Committee believes will protect people from the harms caused by non-consensual sexting. The report also recognises that some sexting between young people should not be treated as child pornography, and recommends that new defences to child pornography offences be introduced to Victorian legislation.

Media release

The Chair of the Committee, Mr Clem-Newton Brown MP, issued pdfa media release 29 May 2013(PDF 118.94 KB)


Government response

The Government Response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 10 December 2013.

pdfClick here to download Government Response


Content and News

The Law Reform Committee received terms of reference for the Inquiry into Sexting on 1 September 2011.

Final report

On 29 May 2013, the Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for the Inquiry into Sexting. Find out more about the report or download a copy.


Submissions accepted by the Committee can be found on the Submissions tab above.

Public hearings

The Law Reform Committee held a number of public hearings for this Inquiry. A list of witnesses and transcripts from the hearings are available from the Hearings and Transcripts page.

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 01 September 2011

That, under s 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, an inquiry into the creating, sharing, sending or posting of sexually explicit messages or images via the internet, mobile phones or other electronic devices by people, especially young people, (known as 'sexting') be referred to the Law Reform Committee for consideration and report no later than 30 June 2012*, including:

  1. the incidence, prevalence and nature of sexting in Victoria;
  2. the extent and effectiveness of existing awareness and education about the social and legal effect and ramifications of sexting;
  3. the appropriateness and adequacy of existing laws, especially criminal offences and the application of the sex offenders register, that may apply to the practice of sexting, particularly with regard to the creation, possession and transmission of sexually suggestive or explicit messages and images in circumstances where a person:
    1. creates, or consents to the creation of, the message or image for his or her own private use and/or the use of one or more other specific persons; or
    2. creates, or consents to the creation of, the message or image and without their knowledge and/or their consent the message or image is disseminated more broadly than the person intended.

*The reporting date was extended to 30 December 2012 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 28 March 2012. The reporting date was further extended to 18 April 2013 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 12 December 2012. The reporting date was further extended to 30 May 2013 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 17 April 2013.

pdf Download the PDF version of the Terms of Reference here - pdf 27.90 Kb.


Call for submissions

The Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for this Inquiry on 29 May 2013. No further submissions will be accepted.

The following submissions have been accepted by the Committee:

  1. pdf S01 - James Pearce (477Kb)
  2. pdf S02 - Giselle Solinski (467Kb)
  3. pdf S03 - Name Withheld (288Kb)
  4. pdf S04 - FamilyVoice Australia (455Kb)
  5. pdf S05 - Lesley-Anne Ey (470Kb)
  6. pdf S06 - Australian Attorney-General's Department (4.6Mb)
  7. pdf S07 - Salvation Army Oasis Hunter (466Kb)
  8. pdf S08 - Australian Privacy Foundation (236Kb)
  9. pdf S09 - BoysTown (509Kb)
  10. pdf S10 - June Kane (458Kb)
  11. pdf S11 - Criminal Bar Association (469Kb)
  12. pdf S12 - Susan McLean (427Kb)
  13. pdf S13 - RANZCP (260Kb)
  14. pdf S14 - Women's Health Grampians (428Kb)
  15. pdf S15 - Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (428Kb)
  16. pdf S16 - SECASA (3.4Mb)
  17. pdf S17 - Gippsland Community Legal Service (1.7Mb)
  18. pdf S18 - Family Planning Victoria (1.2Mb)
  19. pdf S19 - Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (575Kb)
  20. pdf S20 - Youthlaw (743Kb)
  21. pdf S21 - Women's Health West (287Kb)
  22. pdf S22 - headspace (367Kb)
  23. pdf S23 - Eastern Community Legal Centre (480Kb)
  24. pdf S24 - Victoria Police (605Kb)
    pdf S24A - Victoria Police - supplementary submission, 18 September 2012 - pdf 1.39 Mb
  25. pdf S25 - Office of the Child Safety Commissioner (712Kb)
  26. pdf S26 - VicHealth (3.7Mb)
  27. pdf S27 - Civil Liberties Australia (471Kb)
  28. pdf S28 - Liberty Victoria (264Kb)
  29. pdf S29 - Ella Keogh (523Kb)
  30. pdf S30 - Maree Crabbe (596Kb)
  31. pdf S31 - Dr Albury, Dr Crawford, Mr Byron (UNSW Journalism and Media Research Centre) (1.0Mb)
  32. pdf S32 - CASA Forum (425Kb)
  33. pdf S33 - Parents Victoria (260Kb)
  34. pdf S34 - Dr Dobson, Dr Rasmussen, Dr Tyson (Monash Uni) (942Kb)
  35. pdf S35 - Australian Council of Educational Research (2.2Mb)
  36. pdf S36 - National Childrens and Youth Law Centre (4.5Mb)
  37. pdf S37 - Surf Coast Secondary College (819Kb)
  38. pdf S38 - Electronic Frontiers Australia (1.1Mb)
  39. pdf S39 - Emilia Kostovski (898Kb)
  40. pdf S40 - Gatehouse Centre Royal Childrens Hospital (573Kb)
  41. pdf Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, 18 June 2012 - pdf 3.93 Mb
  42. pdf The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, 18 June 2012 - pdf 775.24 Kb
  43. pdf Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, 19 June 2012 - pdf 737.99 Kb
  44. pdf Western Australia Police, 20 June 2012 - pdf 3.80 Mb
  45. pdf South Australia Police, 21 June 2012 - pdf 1.83 Mb
  46. pdf Law Institute of Victoria, 22 June 2012 - pdf 1.22 Mb
  47. pdf Australian Christian Lobby, 22 June 2012 - pdf 988.04 Kb
  48. pdf Tasmania Police, 25 June 2012 - pdf 1.76 Mb
  49. pdf Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, 25 June 2012 - pdf 526.66 Kb
  50. pdf Legal Aid NSW, 27 June 2012 - pdf 6.69 Mb
  51. pdf Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, 29 June 2012 - pdf 709.63 Kb
  52. pdf Youth Advisory Group, Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, 29 June 2012 - pdf 597.73 Kb
  53. pdf Children’s Court of Victoria, 3 July 2012 - pdf 490.52 Kb
  54. pdf Macedon Ranges Local Safety Committee, 3 July 2012 - pdf 1.79 Mb
  55. pdf Ms Shelley Walker, 6 July 2012 - pdf 642.63 Kb
  56. pdf Name withheld, 10 July 2012 - pdf 187.28 Kb
  57. pdf Australian Federal Police, 11 July 2012 - pdf 946.79 Kb
  58. pdf Victoria Legal Aid, 17 July 2012 - pdf 1.32 Mb
  59. pdf Just Leadership Program, Monash Law Students’ Society, 17 July 2012 - pdf 1.10 Mb
  60. pdf Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), 19 July 2012 - pdf 2.12 Mb