In 1999, largely in response to data derived from international reports regarding the potential damage of cyberstalking, the Australian Federal Government amended its criminal acts to cover cyberstalking. Pursuant to these reports, the concept of cyberstalking was introduced into Australian federal legislation and penalties were defined for breach of the cyberstalking laws. Further, after this federal legislation was introduced, Australian’s states have also been amending their state acts to deal with cyberstalking. This article informs on how the Australian Federal and state government have updated their criminal statutes to include this new criminal and online conduct.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is cyberstalking defined in the CCSAA?
What other types of statutes exist in Australia that cover this issue?
How do these amendments deal with the issue of jurisdiction?
What penalties exist for cyberstalking?


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