The Age of Criminal Responsibility in Australia

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 26 November 2020


Online via Zoom


Dr Faith Gordon ANU College of Law and Sophie Trevitt Change the Record


Celia Vuckovic

In Australia the age of criminal responsibility is low, with children as young as ten years able to be charged with offences and potentially sentenced to detention. Recently, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to increase the age of criminal responsibility to fourteen years, following a national Raise the Age campaign. In our second webinar of the series marking the 30th anniversary of Australia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sophie Trevitt from Change the Record and Dr Faith Gordon from the ANU College of Law will discuss the recent debates about the age of criminal responsibility in Australia, and what the Convention and a human rights lens brings to those debates.

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