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​Consent in relation to sexual offences

The Attorney General asked us to review s 61HE (formerly s 61HA) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), which deals with consent in relation to sexual offences.

Report 148 - Consent in relation to sexual offences was tabled in Parliament on 18 November 2020

We thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to our review.

Since the report was tabled, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has notified us that some of the data set out in chapter 2 of the report was incorrect. For more information please view our statement, which compares the original data with the correct data. 

Content warning

The materials below relate to sexual assault and/or violence that may confront or disturb readers.

If you need help, some options for advice and support are listed here:

  • NSW Victims Services
    • Call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063 or the Aboriginal Contact Line on 1800 019 123
    • The Victims Access Line is the single entry point for victims of crime in NSW to access information, referrals, support and counselling.
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre 
    • Call 1800 424 017 or visit
    • NSW Rape Crisis is a 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for anyone affected by sexual assault in NSW.
  • Sexual Assault Counselling Australia 

Recent developments


Draft proposals

Draft proposals: Consent in relation to sexual offences

Consultation Paper

Consultation Paper 21: Consent in relation to sexual offences


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