Consent means enthusiastically choosing to say ‘yes’ to sexual activity. 

Consent needs to be mutual and freely given, a choice without pressure or threats. It also needs to be given every time, with certainty. Saying yes once, or to one thing, doesn’t mean it’s yes every time, or to other things.

Consent is needed for any kind of sexual activity, and it’s reversible- you can stop or change your mind at any time.

There are laws about consent- including who can’t consent, such as children or people who are drunk or influenced by drugs. Without consent, any sexual activity is against the law, and can be very harmful. 

Find out more about consent

Whether it’s tea or sex, consent is everything. 

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The Line encourages young people to develop healthy and equal relationships, and to reject violence. They have a variety of resources about consent.


This useful guide to sexual consent discusses when and how to ask for consent.

What is consent?

This short video by Family and Community Services NSW asks people to discuss what consent means to them.


Consent is something that we come across everyday, often without even thinking about it- let's break it down here.

Flight of the Conchords ‘A Kiss is Not a Contract'

"The almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand" were ahead of their time in 2007 with this musical exploration of consent.