26 September 2023

eSafety chief wins international award

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The Commissioner for eSafety, Julie Inman Grant (pictured) has received international recognition for the Commission’s online safety hub, www.esafety.gov.au, launched last October.

Ms Inman Grant received a Webby Honouree in the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences’ Webby Awards’ Government and Civil Innovation Category. The Australian website was ranked in the top 20 per cent of all websites submitted globally, of which there were 13,000, across 70 different countries.

Ms Inman Grant said receiving a Webby Honouree that recognised excellence on the internet was a great honour for eSafety and showed that Government had an important and innovative role to play in the tech and online space.

“This award is recognition that innovation needn’t just be the realm of the disrupters of Silicon Valley; it can also be driven from within Government to deliver world-leading online safety advice and resources to Australians and beyond,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“Our aim was to create compelling and accessible audience-based content that would engage Australian users and have them coming back for more and I think we’ve nailed the brief,” she said.

She said online resources had become even more important as the COVID-19 crisis grew and more of the world moved online for work and schooling.

“I am extremely proud of the way our website continues to provide citizen-focused advice and resources to keep Australians safer online,” Ms Inman Grant said.

The annual Webby Awards are chosen by a judging body comprised of more than 2,000 industry experts and innovators including Google’s Global Head of Diversity, James Heighington and Chief Creative Officer for Squarespace, David Lee.

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