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Policy Statement - Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

17 December 2019

Prison should not be a rite of passage for any child. Yet, in Australia, children as young as 10 can be imprisoned. This is a national tragedy recognised by both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA).

That is why the AMA and LCA are calling on all levels of government – state, territory and federal – to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14.

This would bring Australia into line with international human rights standards and medical consensus on child brain development.


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