Raise the Age

By Dustin Halse

06 October 2021

My question is for the Attorney-General in the other place.

China, Russia, Germany, Spain, Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Rwanda have raised the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years old.

Expert groups and peak organisational bodies have been calling for the Victorian government to raise the age for many years.

A non-exhaustive list of these groups includes the Australian Medical Association, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Liberty Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Human Rights Law Centre, Law Council of Australia, Victorian Council of Social Service, Jesuit Social Services, Orygen, UNICEF Australia, Youth Affairs Council Victoria, Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) and Victoria’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.

What plans does the Attorney-General have to bring in a bill before Parliament to increase the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria to at least 14, and in doing so cement the profound diversion-based work undertaken to date by this government that has positively changed the lives of countless young Victorians?