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Review of Model Defamation Provisions

Attorneys General is seeking feedback on a discussion paper for the Stage 2 Review of the Model Defamation Provisions.
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What’s this about?

Stage 1 of the Review of the Model Defamation Provisions (MDPs) was undertaken over 18 months between early 2019 to mid-2020. In July 2020, Attorneys-General approved Model Defamation Amendment Provisions and agreed that all jurisdictions will enact and commence them as soon as possible. 

In late 2019, Attorneys-General agreed to undertake a second stage reform process. This focused on the responsibilities and liability of digital platforms for defamatory content published online, as well as any other issues relating to defamation law that Attorneys-General ask the Defamation Law Working Party to consider.

Stage 2 Review of the MDPs

On 31 March 2021, Attorneys General agreed to release a discussion paper for the Stage 2 Review of the MDPs. The Stage 2 Discussion Paper is now available:

  • Part A: addresses the question of internet intermediary liability in defamation for the publication of third-party content. 
  • Part B: considers whether defamation law impacts reports of alleged criminal conduct to police and statutory investigative bodies and reports of misconduct to employers and professional disciplinary bodies.

Read the Stage 2 Discussion Paper

Find out more about the review, including information about Stage 1 at the Model Defamation Provisions website

Have your say

There are two ways you can submit your feedback below.

Submissions may be referred to in future reports and will be made publicly available unless you indicate that all or part of it should be kept confidential. 

Have your say by Wednesday 19 May 2021.


7 April 2021 to 19 May 2021

Formal submission

7 April 2021 to 19 May 2021

Address: Policy Reform & Legislation, Department of Communities and Justice, GPO Box 6, Sydney NSW 2001

Consultation period

From:7 April 2021
To:19 May 2021

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More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 02 8346 1144
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