Contributor: Sandip Mukerjea, Barrister
Uniform defamation law now applies in Australia. Anyone who has had damaging material published about them can take legal action against authors, publishers, broadcasters and distributors to defend their reputation. Several defences or justifications, including truth, are available. Damages and injunctions are the remedies. Retractions and apologies will reduce the amount of damages awarded.
This section includes the following topics:
- What is defamation?
- Who can sue for defamation?
- Who is liable for a defamatory publication?
- Defences to defamation
- Remedies for defamation
- What to do if you are threatened with legal action for defamation
- More information