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Reminder – Review of age of criminal responsibility public submissions closing soon

The Department of Justice’s Council of Attorneys-General Working Group is currently conducting a review into the age of criminal responsibility as legislated in each Australian state and territory and the Commonwealth. Currently, the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old, with a presumption of criminal incapacity for children aged 10 to 14 years. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has recommended Australia raise the age of criminal responsibility in line with other comparable international jurisdictions, such as the European Union and New Zealand, where the minimum age is 14. Public submissions are being accepted until Friday, 28th February on questions posed on the review page and related matters, including in what situations the age should be raised, operational issues involved, whether presumption of criminal incapacity should be retained, whether there should be a separate minimum age of detention, what programs, frameworks and support services might need to be involved. Find out more.

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Latest media reporting on PeakCare’s call to Get Smarter, Not Tougher, on Youth Crime

Late last week, PeakCare released a summary of the media reports about responses to ‘Stop Youth Crime – Get Smarter Not Tougher’, an…

Read More

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“If we are demanding children to be accountable, we must be accountable to these children first and provide preventable measures…

Read More

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PeakCare Members, Supporters and media contacts may already be aware of the full-page open letter to the Queensland Parliament published…

Read More