Age of criminal responsibility

The age at which a child can be held responsible for criminal acts could be raised from 10 to 14 if a private member’s bill which has been introduced into the House of Representatives passes the Parliament.

Oct 14, 2019

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Age of Criminal Responsibility) Bill 2019 would bring the age of criminal responsibility in Australia into line with international standards. Introducing the bill, the Member for Mayo, Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP, explained, ‘children under the age of 14 are making decisions using the part of the brain that is connected to emotions and aggression, and are unlikely to comprehend the consequences of their actions. That is why we do not let 10-year-old children drive cars, drink alcohol, have a Facebook account or vote.’