Release of the Commonwealth Consent Policy Framework

20 January 2024Release of the Commonwealth Consent Policy Framework image

Today, the Australian Government has launched the Commonwealth Consent Policy Framework (the Framework).

Not only is consent the baseline for sexual activity free of violence and coercion – it is fundamental to safe, healthy and pleasurable sexual activity and relationships.

The Framework was developed to help support governments, as well as any organisation or service provider working to prevent sexual violence, and to promote healthy sexual relationships and sexual consent to young people.

The Framework aims to:

  • Provide a clear and consistent definition of what consent means across activities, programs and products.
  • Provide practical advice on how to communicate with young people about healthy sexual relationships and consent.
  • Identify ways to address the underlying gendered drivers of sexual violence to promote positive change.

The Framework proposes a shared community definition of consent including 5 core concepts that underpin the definition and provides guidance on how to promote consent and healthy sexual activity through 10 key principles.

The Framework was developed based on evidence and advice from experts on consent education and sexual violence prevention.

To read the Framework, visit:

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