Laws of age dating consent
As well as the age limits, the law says that two people can’t have sex unless they both agree (consent).If you don’t agree and someone threatens you or touches you sexually they are breaking the law.Young people at the age of consent are viewed by law to have general sexual competence to enforce personal boundaries and negotiate the risks involved in sexual activities.When an adult engages in sexual behaviour with someone below the age of consent, they are committing a criminal offence (child sexual abuse).If this is of someone who is or appears to be a minor (under 18) it can be child pornography if the picture depicts sexual behaviour or is in an indecent context.Find out how you can get help with sex and the law.
The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call Police on 000. Information is current up to the date of publication.
Individuals are encouraged to check the currency of any information that is provided by contacting relevant departments or organisations.
The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
In Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 17 years of age.