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Children, young people and the law

For tailored fact sheets and other information for children and young people themselves, see our Young People pages here.

Generally, a child is a person under 18 years of age.


There are five main State Acts that specifically deal with children.

As well, there is the Commonwealth Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Australia is a signatory.

Where to find information in the Law Handbook  :  Last Revised: Fri Jan 24th 2020
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