New Submission to the TasCOSS Vault

Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group Review

TasCOSS strongly supports raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years old and keeping children out of prisons. Setting the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia at 10 years of age harms children, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It is discriminatory, out of step with human rights standards and neuroscientific understanding of children’s brain development.

We are a state that prides itself on being a compassionate, evidence-led jurisdiction. We urge the State Government to continue this approach and at the Council of Attorneys-General meeting commit to raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years old.