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Australia - Australian Communication Authority

Australia's anti-spam legislation came into effect on 10 April 2004. The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Spam Act 2003 and the Spam (Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 and has the authority to pursue a number of enforcement options, from issuing warnings and infringement notices, to pursuing court action. A court finding that a contravention of the Act has taken place can order offenders to surrender financial gains, compensate victims and pay penalties of up to A$1.1 million per day. Two separate industry codes of practice - one for the e-marketing industry and one for the ISP industry - are also being developed to complement the Spam Act. The operation of the Act will be reviewed within two years of its commencement. As of 1 July 2005, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) will merge with the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) to form the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Competent authority 

Australian Communication Authority
Regime: Opt- in 

Contact person 

(Mr) Anthony Wing 
Manager, Anti Spam Team 
Australian Communications Authority 
PO Box 13112, Law Courts 
Melbourne 8010, AUSTRALIA 
Tel: +61 3 9963 6953

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