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Have your say on the model defamation provisions

26 March 2019

The Defamation Working Party is seeking feedback on defamation law in Australia, to identify areas for national reform.

Led by the NSW Department of Justice, the working party is inviting public and stakeholder feedback on the model defamation provisions to look at whether the existing laws are meeting their objectives. This is in response to the development of online publications and technological changes since the provisions were developed.

While each state and territory is responsible for their own defamation laws, a national approach to reform is essential to keep up to date with the digital age where online publications cross state boundaries. 

Your feedback will help to improve and modernise a nationally consistent defamation law.

Discussion paper

The purpose of defamation law is to balance protection from reputational damage with freedom of speech and the release of information that is considered public interest.

The Review of Model Defamation Provisions Discussion Paper (PDF 700KB) includes specific questions about the Model Defamation Provisions for your consideration. You are also invited to comment on any other matters related to the provisions. 

The Model Defamation Provisions are available on the Australasian Parliamentary Counsel's Committee website.

Provide your feedback

Feedback must be provided by 30 April 2019.

All submissions and comments will be treated as public, and may be published, unless you request confidentiality.


policy [at] justice.nsw.gov.au



Review of Model Defamation Provisions

C/O Justice Strategy and Policy Division

NSW Department of Justice

GPO Box 31

Sydney NSW 2001