Queensland passes tough new ‘revenge porn’ laws

PEOPLE who share sexual or intimate images or videos of another person without their consent could now spend up to three years’ in jail in Queensland after the State Government today passed new ‘revenge porn’ laws.

‘Revenge Porn’ will now be dealt with under the Criminal Code in the Sunshine State, with the new legislation making sharing or threatening to share intimate images without consent now illegal.

The tough new laws also cover photoshopped images where a picture has been altered to look like a person is portrayed in an intimate way.


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Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government today delivered on its commitment to outlaw the harmful behaviour.

“The Criminal Code (Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Bill 2018 addresses the disturbing trend, colloquially known as revenge porn,” Ms D’Ath said.

“We do not use that term in the bill because we know this conduct is so much more.

“The government recognises that the non-consensual sharing of intimate images covers a broad range of conduct, relationships, motivations and modes of distribution.

“We want offenders to know that this is more than unacceptable, it is a crime. We want victims to know that it is safe to come forward. They will not be blamed or shamed, they will be supported by the new laws.

“Anyone convicted of distributing or threatening to distribute intimate images or prohibited visual recordings of a person without their consent now faces up to three years in jail.

“Furthermore, anyone threatening to distribute an image can be charged, whether or not the image actually exists.”

Mrs D’Ath said the laws give courts the power to make a rectification order directing an offender to delete or remove images – or face up to two years in jail.

“This is about more than holding people accountable, it is about starting a conversation. That is why we are working across government to deliver education and awareness-raising initiatives,” she said.

“Whether you are a parent, a carer or a friend, everyone needs to warn their loved ones of the dangers of sharing intimate images.

“The new laws consider children under 16 not capable of giving consent to distributing intimate images depicting them.”

The bill also increases the maximum penalty for two existing offences, Observations or recordings in breach of privacy and Distributing prohibited visual recordings, from two years to three years imprisonment.

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