In one word, how would you define 'consent'?
In a few words, what is the purpose of consent in Australia?
Consent is the voluntary agreement to engage in a particular sexual act. In Australia, it is illegal to engage in any sexual activity without consent. If a person is intoxicated, unconscious, or otherwise unable to give consent, it is illegal to engage in any sexual activity.
Consent in Australia
Consent: is an agreement between two or more people that indicates that all parties are freely and knowingly giving permission for something to happen. Age of Consent: The age at which a person legally is able to give consent for sexual activity in Australia is 16. Implied Consent: This is a legal principle in Australia which means that a person is assumed to have given their consent to a certain action if they don't expressly refuse it.
In Australia, the legal age of consent is 16 years old, but it can be higher in some states and territories. In Australia, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with anyone under the age of 16, even if they have given their consent. The Australian government has introduced resources and initiatives to help educate young people about making informed decisions about sex and consent.
Did you know?
Work together in pairs: What is an example of a situation where it is important to get consent before engaging in any activity?
What does the term "affirmative consent" mean and why is it important in Australian law?
Work together in pairs: What is one way that you, as a 10th grade student, can help promote consent in Australia?
Brain break: Draw a banana riding a bicycle
What does consent mean?
- Forcing someone into doing something
- Giving permission to something
- Stealing something from someone
What is the age of consent in Australia?
- 16 years old
- 18 years old
'No' means no, even if...
- The person previously said 'yes'
- You have already started having sex
- You are married to the person
What is considered a criminal offence when it comes to consent?
- Sexual assault
- Teasing your friend
- Playing a prank on someone
If somebody has been drinking alcohol or taking drugs, can they give valid consent?
- It depends on their age.
- Yes, as long as they appear coherent and responsive.
- No, because they may not be able to make informed decisions.
Consent is when someone agrees to do something, whether it be sex or any other activity. In Australia, it’s important to understand that consent must be voluntary and active. Silence or not resisting cannot be taken as consent. In order to be considered consent, any agreement must be freely given, informed, and enthusiastic.
Understanding Consent in Australia
Consent: The voluntary agreement between two or more parties to do something, such as to exchange goods or services for money. Sexual Consent: Mutual agreement between two or more people to engage in sexual activity, including activities like touching, kissing and intercourse. Age of Consent: The age at which a person is legally considered an adult and able to make decisions about their own body and activities in Australia, the age of consent is 18.
In Australia, those under the age of 18 must obtain permission from both parents to marry. The Australian state of South Wales has the highest rate of reported sexual assaults in the country. Australia has a national criminal database which tracks every single criminal conviction in the country.
Did you know?
What is the meaning of consent in Australia?
What are the legal implications of consent in Australia?
What is your understanding of the concept of consent?
What are the different types of consent in Australia?
Brain break: Draw a pizza with a face and limbs taking a walk in the park.
Question: What are the laws in Australia around consent and how do they impact people's relationships? Clues: • Look to the Australian National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line website for information. • Look to the Australian Human Rights Commission website for information. • Look to the Victoria Legal Aid website for information. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work in pairs to create a visual representation of the laws around consent in Australia. B. Work in pairs to create an example of how the laws around consent in Australia can impact people's relationships.
What is the legal age of consent in Australia?
What is the meaning of consent?
- Refusing permission for something to happen
- Giving permission for something to happen
- Being indifferent about something happening
What are some ways that a person can give their consent?
- In Writing
- By Body Language
Can a person legally give their consent if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Yes, if they seem like they know what they're doing.
- It depends on how much drugs or alcohol they've consumed.
- No, because they cannot make a fully informed decision.
If someone doesn't say 'no,' does that mean you have their consent?
- No, silence does not equal consent.
- Yes, if you take someone's lack of response as a sign of agreement.
- It depends on the situation.
Work together in pairs: What are three ways that Australia is working to increase knowledge and understanding around the importance of consent?