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The age of criminal responsibility

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is committed to promoting the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children and young people.

That’s why we’ve listened to the views and experiences of children and young people, families and organisations on youth justice to review of the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR).

The MACR is the minimum age at which children can be arrested, charged and convicted of a crime. The MACR in Queensland is currently 10 years, even though the United Nations recommends the MACR be at least 12 years.

The Age of Criminal Responsibility in Queensland paper encourages the Queensland Government to consider these reform options:

  1. the MACR be raised to 12 years
  2. 10 to 12 year olds cannot be sentenced to youth detention
  3. youth justice conferences be mandatory for the 10 to 12-year-old cohort.
Last modified: 
24 February 2017