The Review of Model Defamation Provisions discussion paper is inviting public feedback on the Model Defamation Provisions to assess whether the existing laws are meeting their policy objectives, particularly in response to the rise of online publications and technological changes since the provisions were developed.
The Defamation Working Party, established by the Council of Attorneys-General, is undertaking a review of defamation law in Australia to identify areas for national reform.
The Model Defamation Provisions were endorsed by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (the Council's predecessor) in 2005. Each state and territory enacted legislation to implement the provisions. While responsibility for defamation law falls to individual states and territories, a national approach to reform is essential to keep pace with the digital age where online publications cross state boundaries.