The Government has unveiled its plan to deal with illegal copying of material from the internet.
The proposal is a revised attempt to address illegal sharing of music, movies and other files after a protest earlier this year forced the delay of proposed changes to the Copyright Act.
Commerce Minister Simon Power has released a Cabinet paper that outlines the basis of new legislation, which will be introduced to Parliament early next year.
It follows a review of section 92A of the Copyright Act.
Right holders will be able to request that internet service providers give alleged infringers three notices to stop infringing activity.
If infringing continues, the right holder may seek a penalty of up to $15,000 at the Copyright Tribunal.
Where serious and continued breaches occur, right holders will be able to go to court to seek a range of remedies, including the suspension of accounts for up to six months.
Account holders will be able to issue counter notices, and can request a hearing if they feel they should not be penalised.
The proposal is a revised attempt to address illegal downloading after a protest earlier this year forced the delay of proposed changes to the Act.
The Australasian Performing Rights Association says artists need robust copyright protection in order to ensure fair pay for their work.
Australia to filter
Meanwhile, the Australian government has decided to push ahead with a plan to filter the internet.
It says illegal material can be blocked with 100% accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed.