#Raise The Age

Support the campaign calling for all Australian governments to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia to at least 14

When children this young are forced through a criminal legal process at such a formative age, they can suffer immense harm – to their health, wellbeing and future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately impacted by these laws and pushed into prison cells at even higher rates, accounting for 65 per cent of these younger children in prisons.

Send a letter to your local MPs today and ask them to #RaiseTheAge

"No child belongs in prison. Raising the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 is one action that Australia Governments can take right now that will have an immediate - and generational - impact to end the over-incarceration of First Nations kids and to give our kids a brighter future."

Pricilla Atkins, NATSILS Chair

Who is behind the #RaiseTheAge campaign?

This campaign has been developed by a coalition of legal, medical and social justice organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community owned organisations.

This group includes National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Change the Record, Human Rights Law Centre, Law Council of Australia, Amnesty International Australia, Australian Medical Association, Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Public Health Association of Australia.

The RACGP joined the campaign in August 2020.