WHAT IS DEFAMATION?
Defamation involves a communication by words, images, video, drawings or other means, of material which has the effect or tendency to damage the reputation of another.
UNIFORM DEFAMATION LAW
Australia adopted a uniform defamation law in 2006. Prior to this, different laws in different States and territories existed which created inconsistency and uncertainty.
LIBEL AND SLANDER
At common law there is a distinction between libel and slander. Libel refers to defamatory material in a permanent form whereas slander describes defamation in an ephemeral form, such as spoken words. There is a legal significance to the distinction.