What is the Age of Consent in South Australia?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the age of consent for sexual intercourse in South Australia. Quite often clients of mine have it wrong (which is generally what lands them in my office in the first place). The confusion likely arises from the fact that South Australia is out of synch with most other Australian jurisdictions.

Generally speaking, the age of consent in South Australia is seventeen years. However, if one of the parties is in a “position of authority” in relation to the other party (for example a teacher, sports coach, priest or employer), then the age of consent is eighteen years.

Everywhere else in Australia (except for Tasmania) the age of consent is generally sixteen years, which is perhaps what causes confusion, particularly for people who have moved to South Australia from interstate.

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