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Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia

Special report

Hayley Boxall
ISBN 978 1 922009 73 9
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, September 2014

Prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


The report provides an overview of the offences that an individual who sexually abuses a child in an institutional setting may be charged with in the nine Australian jurisdictions.

These include contact and non-contact sexual offences, child pornography offences and offences for which institutions and/or their representatives that were aware of child sexual abuse may be charged.