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Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 2015 update

Policy Online carries a link (29.3.16) to an Australian Institute of Criminology report which provides an overview of current sexual offence legislation in each of Australia’s jurisdictions.

‘In 2013, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was contracted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Commission) to undertake a review of sexual offence legislation in Australia, particularly as it related to children. This review (Boxall, 2014) contained detailed information about all legislation that had been enacted as at 31 December 2013.

‘Since the initial report was published, a number of states and territories have revised or updated legislation pertaining to sexual offences in Australia. Therefore, in October 2015, the Commission contracted the AIC to update the previous review to encompass all legislation enacted as at 31 December 2015. Any legislative changes made after this date are not included in this review.’

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