National Online Safety Survey

Client: Department of Infrastructure, Technology, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC)


The study is being carried out by the Social Research Centre on behalf of, and funded by, the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC).

The 2022 National Online Safety Survey is the second time this research has been run and will build upon and compare findings collected in 2020 as part of better understanding new and emerging areas relevant to online safety. The findings will:

  • provide information on the prevalence and impact of online safety issues including negative online experiences, and
  • improve understanding of online safety behaviour and awareness.

A copy of the participant and information consent form can be found below for:

About the research:

With research showing that 99% of Australian adults accessed the internet in the six months to June 2020 and 90% of children consumed screen content in the past seven days, facilitating safe online experiences is relevant for all Australians.

The National Online Safety Survey is a flagship research study to assess the prevalence and impact of online safety issues, including harmful online content and conduct, affecting different cohorts of the Australian population.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the survey at any time.


Your information will be stored securely in Australia and your identity / information will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law. Study findings may be published, but you will not be individually identifiable in these publications.

DITRDC and the Social Research Centre may be subject to obligations to report instances of child abuse or neglect, threats of self-harm and / or threats to harm others to relevant government agencies, which may affect the confidentiality of the information you provide.

We will store information about you in an electronic format at the Social Research Centre and DITRDC. Information will only be used for the purposes of producing reports on the results of the survey and will be stored in accordance with the Archives Act 1983 (Cth) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).