Illegal or restricted content

Like other media, content placed on the internet may be illegal, infringing or prohibited content under various state or Commonwealth laws. Certain online content may also be classified as 'prohibited' such as:

  • Child pornography
  • Instructions in Crime, violence or drug use
  • Actual sex
  • Excessive violence

..Is prohibited, and classified as illegal content.

Labelling of unsuitable content

Westnet encourages all users who provide publicly accessible content (e.g. via free web space) to use appropriate warnings and/or labelling systems for content which is likely to be considered unsuitable for children (according to the Classification Act and relevant Classification Guidelines), even if such Content may not be Prohibited or Potential Prohibited Content.

More information on this can be found on the ACMA website


It is important to note that Westnet is NOT the authority that determines if content is infringing copyright, restricted or illegal. A complaint of this nature should be directed to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Please see for further details.

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