Federal laws[ edit ] Under federal legislation that applies to all Australians, it is an offence for an Australian citizen, resident or body corporate  while outside of Australia to have sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16  or to induce a child under the age of 16 to have sexual intercourse,  or be somehow involved in a similar sexual act.
See Ages of consent in Europe France. Cook Islands[ edit ] It is an offence in the Cook Islands to have sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16,  ss and If the girl consented and is aged 12 or more, it is a defence if the offender is younger than the girl, or if he is under 21 of age and "had reasonable cause to believe, and did believe" that the girl was aged 16 or older.
These defenses do not apply if consent was obtained fraudulently. There is no minimum age of consent for boys with women, although sodomy is illegal at any age s and also exist the sodomy crimes that apply we criminal codes S, S Indecency between males - 1 Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years who, bring a male,- a Indecently assaults any other male; or b Does any indecent act with or upon any other male; or c Induces or permits any other male to do any indecent act with or upon him.
Sodomy - 1 Every one who commits sodomy is liable- a Where the act of sodomy is committed on a female, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years; b Where the act of sodomy is committed on a male, and at the time of the act that male is under the age of fifteen years and the offender is of over the age of twenty-one years, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years; c In any other case, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.
Keeping Place of resort for homosexual acts -Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years who- a Keeps or manages, or acts or assists in the management of, say premises used as a place of resort for the commission of indecent acts between males; or b Being the tenant, lessee, or occupier of any promises, knowingly permits the premises or any part thereof to be used as a place of resort for the commission of indecent acts between males; or c Being the lessor or landlord of any premises, or the agent of the lessor or landlord, lets the premises or any part thereof with the knowledge that the premises are to be used as a place of resort for the commission of indecent acts between males, or that dome part thereof is to be so used, or is wilfully a party to the continued use of the premises or any part thereof as a place of resort for the commission of such acts as aforesaid.
More in line with the Criminal Code sections and , the age of consent for same-sex men and women is begins, starting at 15 years Indecent act between woman and girl - 1 Every woman of or over the age of twenty-one years is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years who- a Does any indecent act with or upon any girl under the age of fifteen years; or b Induces or permits any girl under the age of fifteen years to do say indecent act with or upon her.
Indecency between man and boy - 1 Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years who, being a male- a Indecently assaults any boy under the age of fifteen years; or b Does any indecent act with or upon any boy under the age of fifteen years; or c Induces or permits any boy under the age of fifteen years to do any indecent act with or upon him.
French Polynesia France [ edit ] The laws of France where applicable apply. Furthermore, section prohibits taking a girl under 18 out of the care of her parents or guardian for the purpose of sexual intercourse, while section prohibits procuring a girl under 18 for sexual intercourse. Section A of the Criminal Code provides that anyone engaging in sexual penetration with a person under 16 is liable to imprisonment for up to 25 years.
The age of consent for prostitution in New Zealand is higher. Although prostitution is legal, under the Prostitution Reform Act it is illegal to procure or receive sexual services from any person under Contraceptives in New Zealand are not age restricted and are available to people under A teen 12 years or older can be prosecuted for a consensual relationship with a teen under 16 both parties if both are 12 years or older , although this is extremely rare.
Even with a complaint, it is still up to police discretion and if the age difference is small it is rarely prosecuted, with family group conferences being the more likely option.
Before , there was no law in New Zealand prohibiting any form of sexual relationship between adult women and male minors. This is despite New Zealand having been party to international conventions against the exploitation of children since the s.
In , swimming instructor Stacey Margaret Friel, 21, was reported to have had sex with a year-old boy, but faced no charges at the time due to the lack of laws against sexual abuse of boys by women. Since the loophole in the laws was closed there have been a number of cases of women being prosecuted for sexual abuse of young boys, including a woman who gave birth to the child of an year-old boy whom she had allegedly raped.
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January The age of consent in Niue is A The person is not less than five years older than the minor; and B The person is not legally married to the minor". It is a crime for any person to indecently deal with a boy under the age of 14 section , and boys under the age of 17 are not deemed able to consent to acts by another male that, but for their consent, would be indecent assaults section Also having or allowing carnal knowledge "against the order of nature" is illegal at any age, as are acts of "gross indecency" between males sections and Pitcairn Island United Kingdom [ edit ] The current age of consent appears to be 16, as a case involved a New Zealand tourist convicted of "unlawful carnal knowledge" of a girl of 15 this will be confirmed once The Pitcairn Constitution Order comes into effect.
However the Pitcairn sexual assault trial of involved mostly charges of rape or sexual assault, not "underage sex" and some "gross indecency with a child under 14" charges , although it was claimed during the trial that presumably consensual "underage sex" with girls from the age of 12 was normal on Pitcairn.
Samoa[ edit ] The age of consent in Samoa is 16, per Section Sexual conduct with young person under 16, of the Crime Act Further, section prohibits taking a girl under 18 out of the care of her parents or guardian for the purpose of sexual intercourse, while section prohibits procuring a girl under 18 for sexual intercourse.