Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3


Division 272 - Child sex offences outside Australia  

Subdivision C - Offences of benefiting from, encouraging or preparing for sexual offences against children outside Australia  

SECTION 272.19   Encouraging offence against this Division  

A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person engages in conduct; and

(b) the person does so with the intention of encouraging an offence against this Division (other than this section or section 272.20 ); and

(c) the conduct is reasonably capable of encouraging such an offence.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 20 years.

Subsection (1) applies:

(a) whether the conduct is engaged in within or outside Australia; and

(b) whether or not an offence against this Division is in fact committed.

Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(c).


For absolute liability, see section 6.2 .

In this section, encourage means:

(a) encourage, incite to, or urge, by any means whatever, (including by a written, electronic or other form of communication); or

(b) aid, facilitate, or contribute to, in any way whatever.

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