Adults only chat rooms
The provision makes it an offence for an adult to use electronic communication (such as email, internet chat rooms, SMS messages, real time audio/video or other similar communication) with the intention of procuring a person under the age of 16 years (or whom the adult believes to be under 16 years) to engage in a sexual act.
The definition of sexual intercourse is specifically not limited to acts involving physical contact.
They use computers at home, at friends' places, at the library and at school to work, play and communicate.
Some have net connectivity on portable devices such as mobile phones.
However, a maximum penalty of 10 years applies if the child is, or is believed by the adult to be, less than 12 years of age.
In March 2002, Queensland Police began an undercover operation against a person whom they had discovered in a chat room seeking underage girls for sex.
It reports on the 25 investigations into online grooming completed by the Queensland Police in the period June 2003 and September 2004 under the code name Task Force Argos.
This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.
Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.
In cases of attempting to commit a sexual offence, there will also be a question of fact to answer - that is, whether the adult has taken steps towards carrying out their intent.
Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.
It is no defence if it is in fact impossible for the child to engage in the sexual act intended.