Raise the Age a campaign that supports all State and Territory Governments raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility across Australia. The present minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia is (generally) 10 years of age by statute. The Victorian Bar has signed up to the Raise the Age campaign and stands with other organisations such as the Law Council of Australia and Victoria Legal Aid in supporting an increase to the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 14 years of age.
The raising of the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years would be consistent with the norms of international law as expressed in the applicable international conventions to which Australia is a signatory and, in so far as it would be particularly impactful on indigenous children, would be an action consistent with the Bar’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
More information about the campaign and the petition can be found here.
Elizabeth Gray on +61 401 561 554 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org