There were no government restrictions on access to the Internet or credible reports that the government routinely monitored e-mail or Internet chat rooms.
Individuals and groups can and do engage in the expression of views via the Internet, including by e-mail.
In June 2015, an amendment was passed to Australian copyright law, which will allow for the court-ordered blocking of non-domestic websites whose "primary purpose" is to "facilitate" copyright infringement.
In June 2015, the country passed an amendment which will allow the court-ordered blocking of websites deemed to primarily facilitate copyright infringement.
In December 2016, the Federal Court of Australia ordered more than fifty ISP's to block 5 sites that infringe on the Copyright Act after rights holders, Roadshow Films, Foxtel, Disney, Paramount, Columbia and the 20th Century Fox files a lawsuit.
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Australia is classified as "under surveillance" by Reporters Without Borders due to the proposed legislation.