Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) provides that “the occupying power must ensure that … proper steps are taken to maintain [the] education and religious welfare” of children under 15 years of age.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
The occupying power must take necessary steps to ensure that children under 15 years of age and who are separated from their families are not left to their own resources, and that proper steps are taken to maintain their education and religious welfare.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).