Current Campaigns

Abolition of corporal punishment

The campaign calls for the Australian Government to make corporal punishment of children and young people illegal across Australia.

GPV/KCV believes that violence against children is never appropriate, even in the context of discipline. It can do long-term damage to their physical and emotional health, and may perpetuate a continuing cycle of of corporal punishment in future generations.

GPV/KCV believes that positive discipline teaches children and guides their behaviour. This belief is based on research into children’s healthy development and founded on principles of children’s rights.

This campaign is designed to help protect children by encouraging parents and carers to find non-violent solutions to disciplining children in their care.

One in four adults think smacking is necessary to ‘properly raise’ kids. But attitudes are changing

“Do you want a smack?!” This has been a common refrain from many parents across history. Right along with “just wait till your father gets home”. Somehow parents thought this threat of violence would magically improve their child’s behaviour.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child considers smacking and all types of physical punishment, however mild, a violation of child rights. It’s banned in 65 countries.

Yet it remains legal in Australia for parents to use “reasonable force” for discipline. Children are the only group of people it remains legal to hit.


End physical punishment of children – protect Australian children

1,133 people have signed this petition to end physical punishment of Australian children.

Please sign and ask others to sign the petition, which will be sent to Federal and State Attorneys General urging them to change legislation:

Non-physical types of discipline for children and young people

To download a PDF of this resource booklet, click here



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Support for kinship carers

GPV/KCV is committed to amplifying the voices of kinship care families within government, improving the visibility of kinship carers and raising understanding of carer families and carers’ roles.

GPV/KCV calls for:

  • The Victorian Government to increase the allowance to kinship carers to ensure parity with the allowance paid to foster carers
  • The Victorian government to increase the Carer Allowance and for DFFH strengthen the Care Allowance assessment and payment processes to ensure assessments are conducted thoroughly and annually or as needs arise, and that equitable financial support is provided
  • Provision, by the Australian Government, of free medicines for all children and young people in out of home care
  • Review and extension, by the Victorian Government, of the benefits attached to the Victorian Carer Card

Millions of Australians set to get boost in welfare payments from Centrelink

Australians on social security are set to receive more money in their pockets when payments are indexed.

Those on the age pension, disability support pension and carer payment will pocket an extra $19.60 for singles and $29.40 for couples combined each fortnight, come 20 March.

The maximum rate of the pension will go up to $1,116.30 for singles and $1,682.80 for couples each fortnight, when including the pension and energy supplements.

People on rent assistance, JobSeeker, single parenting payments and ABSTUDY will also receive an uptick in their payments.

An extra 77,000 parents are on a higher payment rate after eligibility was expanded to cover parents with a youngest child under 14 instead of eight in the last budget.

The single parenting payment will go up by $17.50 a fortnight.

Single JobSeeker recipients with no kids, and people over 22 on ABSTUDY, will get an extra $13.50 per fortnight.

Each member of a couple will get an additional $12.30 per fortnight.

Income and assets limits for the payments will also be increased in line with indexation on 20 March.

Indexation is an important measure to ensure welfare recipients have more money in their pockets, Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said.

“Our number one priority is addressing inflation and cost of living pressures,” she said.

“Pension recipients are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, many having worked all their lives contributing to our society or caring for a loved one.”

The complete list of payments increasing on 20 March 2024, including income and asset limits, can be found on the  Department of Social Services website

Care and Protection Green Paper

Prepared by Caring Families Aoteareo – 2023

This report discusses the performance of New Zealand’s care and protection system and outlines proposals to make the system work better. It has been prepared by Caring Families Aotearoa, an organisation which represents the interests of caregivers and the children and young people they care for.
The care and protection system is the set of policies and institutions that are designed to look after children and young people who are not able to live with their parents for reasons of safety.

To download a PDF of the paper, click here

Championing Kinship Care

The National Kinship Care Strategy

Paper presented to the UK Parliament in Dec 2023 by the UK Department of Education

To download a PDF of the paper, click here


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Improving education for all

Since 2004 GPV/KCV has been campaigning for improvements in provision of education services to all children and young people. Since 2010 GPV/KCV has been particularly concerned about provision of education services to children and young people in out of home care and has campaigned for support for carers to keep children engaged in education and experiencing success at school.

KCV commends the report Let us Learn released by the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People in January 2024 and calls for the Victorian Government to respond to its recommendations as a matter of urgent significance to the wellbeing of Victoria’ children and young people and that the Victorian Government establish an open process for the implementation of its recommendations, including publication of an implementation timeline

Further, in order to defray the prohibitive costs of education, KCV calls for the urgent implementation of the following measures:

  • The Victorian Government to increase the Carer Allowance and for the Department of Families Fairness and Housing (DFFH) to strengthen the Care Allowance assessment and payment processes to ensure assessments are conducted thoroughly and in a timely way, and that equitable financial support is provided
  • The Victorian Department of Education ensure that carers of students in out-of-home care are not requested to pay voluntary financial contributions and education-related expenses, including camps and excursions.
  • The DFFH to ensure carers and the children / young people in their care, are provided, early in the establishment of the, placement, with information about flexible funding available to cover education and extra-curricular activities and that the process for seeking this funding is streamlined.
  • The Victorian Government provide all students in out-of-home care with free public transport via Victorian Student Travel Pass

Australian Universities Accord

Summary of final report into a review of Australia’s higher education system

To download a PDF of the report, click here


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Opposing Fast-Tracking of Adoption

GPA/GPV has written an open letter in response to the Breaking Barriers report released by the Australian government’s standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on 27 November 2018.

To read the full letter, click here.

In August, the GPV/KCV Board decided to write to all federal members of parliament to outline concerns with the approach to adoption being taken in NSW. Of particular concern was the move to advertise children for adoption on a website. The GPV/KCV Board held firm to its view that it is not appropriate to fast-track adoption and that all options for keeping children within their biological family must be exhausted before they are placed outside the family.

GPV/KCV also lodged a submission to the Law Reform Commission’s review of adoption legislation in Victoria.

This campaign is designed to put pressure on the government and DHHS to make the placement of children with family members a priority, and to remove adoption by strangers from the hierarchy of options for out-of-home care.

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Raise Minimum Age for Criminal Responsibility

Raise the Age Campaign

The newly elected ACT Government has committed to change the law and raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility!

When the state and territory Attorneys-General met on 29 July 2020 they made the disappointing decision to ignore overwhelming evidence that raising the age will give Australian kids a better chance at life. They said children as young as 10 years old might have to wait another 12 months before politicians would decide whether or not to do the right thing.

The ACT Government has shown what’s possible!

Children across Australia should be in schools and playgrounds, not prison cells. As the ACT Government has shown leadership, every other state and territory government must follow suit and change their laws so that children are no longer hauled before courts and locked away in jails.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Build momentum by encouraging your family and friends to sign onto the petition here at

We won’t stop until we have #RaisedTheAge in every state and territory in Australia


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Adequate Income Support for Jobseekers

GPA/GPV/KCV* believes that everyone has the right to a life free from poverty. We are concerned about the inadequacy of the Jobseeker (formerly Newstart) Payment and how this inadequacy affects many informal kinship carers.

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee report on the ‘Adequacy of Newstart and related payments found that ‘the income support system is not meeting its objective of ensuring a minimum standard of living for working-age jobseekers, as too many are living in poverty’.

The current rate of the JobSeeker Payment (prior to the coronavirus supplement – see below), has not been increased in real terms in 26 years. As a result, more than half of all households receiving Jobseeker or Youth Allowance as their main source of income, including many with children, are living in poverty. Our safety net is failing to catch those most in need.

The far-reaching impacts of persistently inadequate payment rates are now exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. Federal parliament recognised this and passed legislation to provide a coronavirus supplement of $275 per week on top of existing payments including Jobseeker Payment, Parenting Payment and others from 27 April for a period of six months

*Grandparents Australia, Kinship Carers Victoria & Grandparents Victoria

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