Consent law in Queensland


Thanks for your support. On 9 July consent and ‘mistake of fact’ laws were referred to the Law Reform Commission for review. Here’s the announcement. Stay tuned for how you can have a say in the next steps.

These laws are outdated. The ‘mistake of fact’ defence in Queensland has horrific consequences for survivors of rape and sexual assault who try to access justice. Help us get this issue referred to the law reform commission.

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The Research

This website includes a comprehensive study of recent cases where the ‘mistake of fact’ defence has been used, and each one is summarised in plain English for you to read and understand. They are separated into four categories where relevant issues feature: intoxication, the freeze, mental incapacity, and language barriers. If you want to read the full judgments yourself, we’ve included hyperlinks to where these are available.

Our goal is to make this complex legal issue clear to non-lawyers. If you’re affected by a law, you have the right to understand it and fight for its improvement.


Get Involved

The Attorney-General has now referred this issue to the Queensland Law Reform Commission! We will update the website very soon to let you all know how you can make submissions and have your voice heard.