The federal government has ordered online dating companies develop an industry code of practice to better protect users from sexual harassment and violence.
The online dating industry has been given a deadline of the middle of next year to implement the code of practice.
The Albanese government has written to online dating companies with the request, warning that if the code doesn't improve safety for its users, legislative options will be pursued.
The move comes after the government held a National Roundtable on Online Dating Safety in January in response to concerns about sexual violence and harassment.
Recent data shows more than three million people use dating apps across the country.
The Australian Institute of Criminology released research last October which found three in four people using dating apps or websites experienced some form of sexual violence while using dating apps, in the five years to 2021.
The violence included sexual harassment, abusive or threatening language, image-based sexual abuse and stalking.
While many online dating platforms had taken steps to keep their users safe, efforts varied across the industry, leading to the need for a more collaborative approach, the government has said.
9news.com.au has reached out to dating services Tinder and Bumble for comment.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said online dating platforms needed to do their part to end violence against women.
"Dating apps are now the most common way to meet a partner in Australia, yet the level of violence experienced by users of these platforms is deeply concerning," Rowland said.
"That is why I have decided to provide members of the online dating industry with an opportunity to work together to address the Government's concerns.
"However, I have made it crystal clear that if the industry fails to improve safety outcomes for Australians, we will not hesitate to develop legislative options."
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.