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On 11 December 2012, the Prime Minister announced that the Minister for Health, would coordinate efforts across government to address female genital mutilation in Australia. As part of this, the Attorney‑General conducted a review of Australia’s legislative framework to consider whether existing legislative provisions are effective in comprehensively criminalising female genital mutilation.

This report sets out the findings of that review.

The report was noted by the Standing Council on Law and Justice on 5 April 2013. At that meeting, ministers agreed to recommendations aimed at ensuring Australian women and girls are protected to the greatest extent possible from this practice.

Date Published: Friday, 24 May 2013