Question: When is age of consent a defence in Tasmania?

If a person engages in sexual contact with a younger person contrary to these specifications but the accused can demonstrate that they reasonably believed the younger person to be of a lawful age, this may be used as a defence provided the young person is at least 13 years old (Criminal Code Act, Section 14B).

16 years the age of consent is 16 years for all persons - the old differentiation between unlawful homosexual and heterosexual acts and age of consent within the criminal law has been abolished. the provisions of the criminal law in relation to sexual offences committed by males or females apply equally.

Is incest a crime in Tasmania?

Incest. Under Section 133, it is an offence for a person to have sexual intercourse with another person who is their lineal ancestor, lineal descendant or sibling. This is the case regardless of whether or not the other person has consented to sex and regardless of the ages of the participants.

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