Estimated prevalence among girls and women aged 15-49
Unknown.No widespread studies have been conducted to estimate the number of women living in Australia who have undergone female genital cutting (FGC), or how many girls may be at risk.
A 2014 small scale survey of paediatricians in Australia found that 23 respondents (2.3%) had seen 59 children who had undergone FGC procedures in the last 5 years.
FGC is not known to be traditionally practised in Australia. The type of FGC practised by migrant communities living in Australia will typically depend on the ethnic group and/or country of origin. There have been reports of Type I FGC being carried out to curb mastubation.