Criminal Offences

Sexual & Indecent Assault

Sexual related offences are perceived as very serious crimes in NSW. Unfortunately, these crimes have risen in recent times, with the Bureau of Crimes Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) revealing that sexual assault has risen 3.9% in the last 5 years, while indecent assault, acts of indecency and other sexual offences have increased by 7.3% in just the past 2 years. There are many activities that could warrant sexual assault charges or similar offences, and all have a varying degree of punishment associated with them.

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Sexual Assault

As per section 61I of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) “Any person who has sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of the other person and who knows the other person doe not consent to the sexual intercourse” will be found guilty on sexual assault charges.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Section 61I in the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) details the offence of sexual assault.

Obscene Exposure

In accordance to the section 5 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 obscene exposure is a criminal offence.

Indecent Assault

As per section 61L of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) indecent assault is a criminal offence and guilty individuals are subject to penalties enforced by the Court.

Aggravated Indecent Assault

Section 61L in the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) details the offence of indecent assault.

Child Abuse Material

Section 91(H) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) refers to the crime relating to the possession of child abuse material.

Child Sex Offences / Grooming

Sexual assault charges are perceived as very serious crimes, even more so when a child is involved. There are numerous actions that may constitute a child sex offence all of which have significant maximum penalties.

Act of Indecency

According to section 61N of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) acts of indecency is a criminal offence and guilty individuals will be liable to punishment before the Court.


Under section 79 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) any person who commits an act of beastiality with any animal shall be liable to imprisonment for 14 years. The Crimes Act does not explicitly define the crime of beastiality; however, it refers to any sexual act that occurs with an animal.