Question: How old do you have to be to go out alone in Australia?

Theres no one law in Australia that says how old your child has to be before you can leave him alone. In Queensland, if you leave a child under 12 years of age for an unreasonable amount of time without supervision you have committed a criminal offence.

Can 13 year olds go out alone?

In NSW, there is no specific law that dictates at what age children can be left alone, according to Family and Community Services New South Wales; as a parent, you need to use your own judgement based on your own family circumstances and the age and maturity of your children, they write.

How can I move out at 16 in Australia?

Once you turn 16, you wont normally be forced to return home by the authorities as long as youve got a safe place to go and you can financially support yourself. If youre under 18 and leave home, the police and Child Safety may investigate the reasons why you left home.

How long can a 12 year old stay home alone in Australia?

In NSW, parents are given specific instructions for children of different ages. For example, preschoolers can only be left alone for five to fifteen minutes while children between 10 and 12 can be left alone for 12 hours.

Can I leave my 12 year old home alone?

10 to 12 years. There is no legislation in Alberta that determines an age at which a child may safely be left home alone. Albertas Child, Youth, and Family Enhancement Act explains that if a childs safety is endangered by being left home alone that child may be considered neglected.

Can a 12 year old babysit in Australia?

Legal Help for all South Australians There is no law that says how old a child must be to be able to babysit. Parents are expected to make their own decisions and in doing so the only guidance the law provides is that they make make reasonable decisions about their childrens safety.

Is it illegal to leave child home alone?

The law provides no clear direction as to what age a child can be left at home alone and so as a parent you need to use your own judgement based on your own family circumstances and the age and maturity of your children.

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