Campaign for Age Of Consent awareness & removal of The Sodomy Law in Queensland

*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of Queensland, Australia - A campaign to remove our Sodomy Law (which was enacted in 1990).

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5th May 2000 Response from the Queensland Attorney-General’s Office in which he confirms that the age of consent for sexual activity is 16 for everyone and for every activity except "sodomy":


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Attorney –General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Arts

Queensland Government, Brisbane. 

Reference: 2000/2159

Date: 5th May 2000

Dear Mr Frame,

Thank you for your letter dated 6th April 2000 concerning an education campaign about the age of consent. The Honourable Matt Foley MLA, Attorney General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Arts, has asked me to reply to you on his behalf.

The offence of unlawful sodomy applies to any person who sodomises a person under 18 years, or permits a male person under 18 years to sodomise him or her.

Since 1990, when the Goss Labor Government first decriminalised anal intercourse between consenting adults, the age of consent has remained at 18.

You are correct in noting that for other forms of sexual activity, the age of consent for both males and females is 16 years.

While there may be confusion in some quarters about the differing ages of consent this Department does not propose to engage in an education campaign.

Thank you for bringing these matters to the Attorney General's attention.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Clarke

Senior Ministerial Policy Adviser