Australia Age of Consent & Sex Laws Age of Consent in Australia

What is the Australia Age of Consent?

The Age of Consent in Australia is 16 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Australia are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.

Australia statutory rape law is violated each of Australia's territories has local laws specifying an age of consent, which ranges from a low of 16 years old to a high of 17 years old. Several territories also have close-in-age exemptions.

Australia has ten territories that have their own local age of consent laws. These territories are listed in the following table:

Territory of Australia Region Age Of Consent
Australian Capital Territory Oceania 16
Coral Sea Islands Territory Oceania 16
New South Wales Oceania 16
Norfolk Island Oceania 16
Northern Terrirory Oceania 16
Queensland Oceania 16
South Australia Oceania 17
Tasmania Oceania 17
Victoria Oceania 16
Western Australia Oceania 16

Australia has a close-in-age exemption. A close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet law" in the United States, is a law designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.

Depending on the situation, the Australia close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.

Age of Consent across the world

The Age of Consent ranges from as low as 11 to as high as 20 years old across the world. Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.

Age of Consent Map:

Must be married
< 13 years old
14 years old
15 years old
16 years old
17 years old
18 years old
> 19 years old

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