All areas of Australia allow the use of corporal punishment as long as it is reasonable and not likely to cause more than short term discomfort. Some states have banned the use of corporal punishment in all schools. The exceptions are:


Northern Territory


Allowed in all schools unless parents have withheld permission.




Allowed in non-government schools


Western Australia


Allowed in non-government schools


South Australia


Corporal punishment not mentioned in legislation.




Not allowed in schools but with provisos