In December 2019, the Australian Government asked the digital industry to develop a code of practice on how digital products and services would address disinformation.

DIGI volunteered to develop a draft of this code for the industry, with the assistance of the University of Technology Sydney’s Centre for Media Transition and First Draft. The code will come into effect in 2021.

Over time, digital platforms have introduced a broad suite of policies and technical measures to counter disinformation and enable the public to make informed decisions; the code provides an opportunity to develop a common set of principles and commitments in relation to this work and to build on existing efforts. 

We are currently seeking comments from the public and interested parties to inform the final code. Submissions will be published on the site after the consultation process is concluded.


Submissions should be emailed to clearly indicating your name, and where appropriate the organisation you are representing.

Submissions are due by 5pm on Tuesday 24 November 2020.



Discussion paper

This paper provides background research relevant to the development of a voluntary code of practice. It provides a companion document to read with the draft code of practice, exploring mis- and disinformation in Australia, and current industry and regulatory approaches to these challenges.

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Draft industry code of practice

This is the draft code of practice. It outlines a range of outcomes, objectives and example measures for companies working to address potentially harmful mis- and disinformation.

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