This means that it is against the law for anyone to have sex with someone who is under 17. This means that the young person must be 18 or older before the law says that they are capable of consenting to that sexual relationship.
Is a 16 year old dating a 18 Legal Australia?
The age of consent is the age at which the law says a person can agree to sexual activity. If you are 16 years old and above, you can legally have sex (or do another sexual activity) with another person who is 16 years or older as long as you both agree to it.
Can an 18 year old legally date a 16 year old?
While in many circumstances it is perfectly legal for an adult to have consensual sexual contact or intercourse with a 16-year-old, there are some circumstances where it is not. Most often, it comes down to the nature of the relationship between the two individuals.