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Review of Model Defamation Provisions

Topic: Policy

The Defamation Working Party is seeking feedback on defamation law in Australia to identify areas for national reform.


What's this about?

Led by the NSW Department of Justice, the Defamation Working Party is inviting feedback on the Model Defamation Provisions to look at whether the existing laws are meeting their objectives. This is in response to the rise of online publications and technological changes since the provisions were developed.

While each state and territory is responsible for their own defamation laws, a national approach to reform is essential to keep up to date with the digital age where online publications cross state boundaries. 

Your feedback will help to improve and modernise a nationally consistent defamation law. 

Discussion paper

The purpose of defamation law is to balance protection from reputational damage with freedom of speech and the release of information that's considered public interest.

The Review of Model Defamation Provisions Discussion Paper includes specific questions about the Model Defamation Provisions for your consideration. You are also invited to comment on any other matters related to the provisions. 

The Model Defamation Provisions are available on the Australasian Parliamentary Counsel's Committee website.

Have your say

There are two ways you can provide your feedback:

  • Mail: Review of Model Defamation Provisions
    C/o Justice Strategy and Policy Division
    NSW Department of Justice
    GPO Box 31
    Sydney NSW 2001
  • Email: [email protected]

Have your say by 30 April 2019.

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