Sexual relationships and the age of consent

Any person 17 years or older can have sexual relations with another person aged 17 years or more, if they each consent. This can be a person of the same or the opposite sex [Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) s 57]. It is against the law for a person in a position of 'care and authority' (for example, a teacher) to have sex, or to try to have sex with a person under 18 years [Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) s 49]. [However, see also the chapter on sexual offences, and in particular on 'sexting' as 'sexting' images of people who appear to be 18 or under is illegal].

Advice on contraception can be obtained from a medical practitioner or other health services. There is no legal requirement for a parent to consent for a child to receive contraceptive medical advice or treatment, but in the case of a child aged under 16 years, a second medical opinion may be necessary.

See also our pamphlet on Sex Consent and the Law on our Youth Education Resources page, and our Young People and the Law Factsheet on Sex and Consent.

Sexual relationships and the age of consent  :  Last Revised: Wed Mar 30th 2016
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