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A northern suburbs couple who allegedly took their one-year-old daughter to Bali for a female genital mutilation procedure are set to stand trial.

The couple in their 40s, whose names have been suppressed to protect their daughter's identity, made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrate's Court today on a charge of taking a child from WA with the intention of having her subjected to female genital mutilation.

Chief magistrate Steven Heath committed the pair, who did not officially enter pleas, to stand trial in the District Court and extended their bail.

Child abuse squad detectives charged the couple in September last year.

It will be alleged the procedure took place after the family left Perth Airport on August 17.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years jail.

The charge is understood to be the first laid since legislation was introduced in WA in 2004.

Female circumcision is commonly practised in some parts of the world but is illegal in Australia.

The couple will make their first appearance in the District Court on May 24.