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ABA Accepts New Internet Industry Code

The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has officially registered the federal government's Internet Code of Practice for service providers and content hosts.

The Code was developed by industry representative body the Internet Industry Association in consultation with the Internet industry, the ABA, interested members of the public and community groups.

The government and the Internet industry have adopted a co-regulatory approach to establishing the Code of Practice, which essentially means that the industry will set the rules, and the government will provide the legal framework in which they will operate.

According to the code, ISPs and content hosts will have to provide parents and guardians with information on ways to supervise and control their children's use of the Internet.

ISPs and content hosts will also have to provide users with information about the availability, use and application of filtering software, and to make available at least one filtering device from a list developed by advice from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

They must also inform users of their right to complain to the ABA if they encounter offensive of illegal content on the Internet.

The ABA's registration of the Code of Practice means that the Government's system which was passed by the Senate earlier this year, could begin operating from the new year.