PAFRA are working with stakeholders across Australia to change legislation and end corporal punishment.




Workshop 1: April 29, 2022

Having the conversation: What is the role of legislative change and access to parenting supports in preventing corporal punishment of children in Australia?

This virtual workshop brought together international experts in legislation, social impact and academic research.  Coinciding with International Day to End Corporal Punishment of Children, the workshop launched our collective action towards legislative change in Australia. 

Recordings from the workshop are available below. 


Part 1
Current legal perspective on Australian state/territory laws on corporal punishment

Linda Savage
Ambassador for Children and Young People in Western Australia


Part 2

Corporal punishment law change – what does it mean for Indigenous Australians?

Kelleigh Ryan
Psychologist; Director, The Seedling Group


Part 3

Corporal punishment and its impact on children, plus the Canadian experience.

Professor Joan Durrant
University of Manitoba, Canada


Part 4

Update and lessons from the USA.

Professor George Holden
South Methodist University, USA


Part 5

Lessons learned from Ireland.

Jillian van Turnhout

Former Irish Senator, leader of Irish campaign for legislative change


Part 6

What worked for NZ and what might we apply to Australia?

Beth Wood
Lead campaigner for corporal punishment legislative change in New Zealand


Part 7

Lessons learned from Wales.

Professor Sally Holland
Cardiff University; former Children’s Commissioner, Wales


Part 8

Where are we at in Australia? Reflecting on other countries’ experiences and our next steps.

Anne Hollonds
Australian National Children’s Commissioner