The Government has not ‘culled’ any online safety programs nor has it embarked on ‘contradictory budget cuts’ as has been suggested in media reports today.
The establishment of the e-Safety commissioner will result in a number of existing programs consolidated in a single office.
This will mean these programs are run more efficiently. Consumers and interest groups will also have a single point of contact.
As a result, the Government has paused the indexation of funding to some of these programs. However, as a result of the $10 million investment as a result of the Government’s Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children, overall funding in this area has increased.