Age of consent for sexual behaviour

Australian civil law has higher authority in the Australian legal system than religious laws.  Australian citizens are free to choose religious beliefs and practices provided these do not break civil law.

The age of consent for sexual interactions is 16 years of age in the ACT, NSW, NT, Victoria and WA, and 17 years of age in South Australia and Tasmania.

Age of consent laws by state/territory -  NB: table is correct as of July 2018.  (source, Australian Institute of Family Studies.)

ACT  Crimes Act 1900

The age of consent for sexual interactions is 16. (s 55)
 
NSW  Crimes Act 1900
The age of consent for sexual interactions is 16. (s 66C).

NT
Criminal Code Act 1983
The age of consent for sexual interactions is 16. (s 127(1))
 
Qld Criminal Code Act 1899 and Health and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016
The age of consent for sexual interactions is 16.  (s 215)
 
SA Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935
The age of consent for sexual interactions is 17. (s 49)
 
Tas Criminal Code Act 1924
The age of consent for sexual interactions is 17. (s 124)
 
Vic Crimes Act 1958
The age of consent for opposite and same sex behaviour is 16. (s 45)
 
WA  Criminal Code Act 1913
The age of consent for opposite and same sex behaviour sex is 16. (s 321)

 

Last modified on Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:12

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