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A range of possible offences may be used where an adult engages in sexual activity with a child, depending on the nature of the sexual activity.
If, however, an adult approaches a child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, but no sexual activity actually takes place, that may or may not constitute an offence.
Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.
This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.
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.
The purpose of this study is to better understand how online grooming offences are committed and how they can be policed.
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.
These provisions have extra-territorial effect in relation to the location of the adult or the child, by the use of the words 'either in Queensland or elsewhere'.