General Information


ACT Government. (ACT) Crimes Act 1900 Part 4, s 73, 74, 75, 76, 77
NT Government. (NT) Criminal Code Part VI, Division 4A
NSW Government. (NSW) Crimes Act 1900 Part 3, Division 6, s 45
SA Government. (SA) Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935, Division 9, s 33, 33A, 33B
TAS Government. (TAS) Criminal Code Act 1924, s 178A, 178B
VIC Government. (Vic) Crimes Act 1958, s 15, 32, 33, 34, 34A
WA Government. (WA) Criminal Code s 306


The Diversity Health Clearinghouse supports health professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities throughout NSW by providing an online access point for multicultural health and wellbeing information published by a wide variety of organisations. The Diversity Health Clearinghouse is a searchable online catalogue of multicultural health information. Each catalogue record includes a brief summary of the resource, publication details and a link to download the resource.

Fact Sheets and Posters

A leaflet produced by SA Health with information on female circumcision for immigrant women living in South Australia and their communities
World Health Organization. Health topics: Female genital mutilation

Media and Advertising

Watch online (12 mins) or read transcript. OVERVIEW: Four women share their stories to highlight the fact that female genital mutilation happens in Australia, but a warning that this story contains graphic language and disturbing scenes.
Watch online (52 mins) or read transcript. OVERVIEW: Insight breaks some deeply held taboos to look at a practice which is as personal as it is controversial. There has been much talk about female genital cutting, also known as female circumcision or female genital mutilation, after several high profile arrests across Australia in recent months. In December last year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a review of the current legal framework and said a national summit would be held sometime this year. Gillard said, “It is a violation of the human rights of women and girls and there is no place for it here in Australia. Its occurrence in this country cannot be excused by culture." But some women say cultural reasons are valid, and some say that they’re still able to lead healthy sex lives and achieve orgasms – even when they’ve undergone the most severe forms of the procedure.

Journal Articles and Publications

The report sets of findings of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Review of Australia's female genital mutilation legal framework and makes recommendataions relating to: - consistency of penalty - consistency of age coverage - consistent extraterritorial application of offences Recomendations for amenment of state laws are included to address these issues.


Multicultural Women's Health Education Project on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Family Planning Queensland Family Planning Qld provide a range of resources for professionals and commuities. Contact: phone 07) 3520 0250 or as listed on the FP Qld website.
Multicultural Centre for Women's Health (MCWH) is a national, community-based organisation committed to the achievement of health and wellbeing for and by immigrant and refugee women. Resources include health promotion, advocacy, news/events and a range of publications. Contact: toll free number 1800 656 421 or as listed on the website
Bi-Cultural Community Health Program Department of Health and Human Services (Tasmania) Contact: toll free number 1800 675 028 or as listed on the website
African Women's Wellness and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Education Program (WA) Women's Health Policy and Projects Unit King Edward Memorial Hospital, WA Contact: phone 08) 9340 2826 or as listed on website Website also includes an e-learning package
Women's Health Statewide (SA) programs and services provided by women in a safe and culturally respectful environment Contact: phone 08) 8239 9609 or as listed on website
Women's Health Strategy Unit (NT) Contact: phone 08) 8985 8018 or as listed on website
The Donors working group (DWG) on female genital mutilation/cutting. An international resource. The DWG has, since 2001, brought together key governmental and intergovernmental organizations and foundations committed to supporting the abandonment of FGM/C. Thanks to the sharing and systematic analysis of experiences, the DWG has reached a consensus on a common programmatic approach to support the abandonment of the practice and make a major difference for girls and women worldwide. Countries include: Austriia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK & US
NSW Education Program on Female Genital Mutiilation (FGM) Diversity Health Statewide Service Contact: phone 02) 9840 3877

Other Links and Resources

National Female Genital Mutilation Summit The Australian Government convened a National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 9 April 2013 at Parliament House. Link includes national compact, summary of issues raised, action and related activities.