Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 1788–2013

1 September 2014

Abstract: The report provides an overview of the socio-political factors and events that have influenced the development of Australia’s child sexual abuse legislation from 1788-2013.

Key developments in relevant legislation during this period which are discussed in detail in the report include:

  • the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males
  • the removal of gendered language from legislation to enable the law to deal with matters involving male victims, female offenders and same sex offences
  • broadening the definition of sexual intercourse
  • introduction of specific legislation relating to child pornography
  • introduction of mandatory reporting laws.

Publication Details

Format: 
Resource Type: 

Cite this document

Suggested Citation

Hayley Boxall, Adam M. Tomison, Shann Hulme, 2014, Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 1788–2013, Australian Institute of Criminology, viewed 25 April 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/41113>.

Page Shares