Raising the age of criminal responsibility

Raising the age of criminal responsibility

In Australia children can be prosecuted for offences once they are 10 years old. This lecture considers whether we should raise the age to 14 years.


Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard, School of Law, UTas

Jeremy Prichard is an Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Tasmania. He collaborates with multiple disciplines to develop novel strategies to reduce the harms of cybercrimes to children. Jeremy’s PhD examined the Tasmanian youth justice system. At the Australian Institute of Criminology Jeremy conducted the largest national study of young people in detention centres.


  • Wendy O’Brien and Kate Fitzgibbon, ‘The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility in Victoria (Australia): Examining stakeholders’ views and the need for principles reform” (2017)17 Youth Justice 134-152.
  • Law Council President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, video statement before the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Violence Against Children within the programme of the 46th Human Rights Council in Geneva, 8 March 2021. The statement noted the Law Council’s advocacy for raising of the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years across Australia, and discussed the need for a holistic approach to juvenile justice reforms. The full statement is available here.