Professor Patrick Parkinson


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 344 31328


Patrick Parkinson is a Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law. Professor Parkinson was Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 2018 - 2021. Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context (7th ed, 2019), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (5th ed, 2013), Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003). Professor Parkinson served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-14. Professor Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.


  • Doctor of Laws, The University of Sydney
  • Master of Laws, University of Illinois


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Book Chapter

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2022). The role of public policy in supporting safe, stable and nurturing families. The impact of the family on character formation, ethical education and the communication of values in late modern pluralistic societies. (pp. 207-218) edited by Michael Welker and Stephen Pickard. Leipzig, Germany: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2021). Tasmania’s gender-confused parliament. Australian perspectives on transgendering children and adolescents. (pp. 81-87) edited by Geoff Holloway. Hobart, Australia: Geoff Holloway.

  • Parkinson, Patrick and Cashmore, Judith (2021). Children's experiences of shared care. Routledge International Handbook on Shared Parenting and Best Interest of the Child. (pp. 15-26) edited by José Manuel de Torres Perea, Edward Kruk and Margarita Ortiz-Tallo. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2021). Law, morality and the fragility of the western legal tradition. The impact of law on character formation, ethical education and the communication of values in late modern pluralistic societies. (pp. 31-42) edited by John Witte and Michael Welker. Leipzig, Germany: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2020). Protecting religious freedom in an age of militant secularism. Forgotten freedom no more: protecting religious liberty in Australia. (pp. 99-113) edited by Robert Forsyth and Peter Kurti. Redland Bay, Australia: Connor Court.

  • Parkinson, Patrick and Cashmore, Judy (2019). Children's participation in decisions about parenting arrangements. The Oxford handbook of children and the law. (pp. 1-24) edited by James G. Dwyer. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190694395.013.38

  • Parkinson, Patrick N. (2018). The future of marriage in secular societies. The contested place of religion in family law. (pp. 617-640) edited by Robin Fretwell Wilson. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108277976.026

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2017). Being a non-resident parent. In verbondenheid: opstellen aangeboden aan Professor mr. Paul Vlaardingerbroek ter gelegenheid van zijn emeritaat. (pp. 89-104) edited by Romy de Jong, Adriaan van der Linden and Veronica Smits. Deventer, Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2017). Reconsidering family property law in the post-marital age. Law and policy in modern family finance: property division in the 21st century. (pp. 15-36) edited by Jessica Palmer, Nicola Peart, Margaret Briggs and Mark Henaghan. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Intersentia.

  • Parkinson, Patrick, Taylor, Nicola, Cashmore, Judith and Austin, William G. (2016). Relocation, research, and child custody disputes. Parenting plan evaluations: applied research for the Family Court. (pp. 431-459) edited by Leslie Drozd, Michael Saini and Nancy Olesen. New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/med:psych/9780199396580.003.0014

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2015). Children's dispute resolution: the Australian experience. International perspectives on disputes about children and child protection: collected essays on parental responsibility and children’s dispute resolution. (pp. 89-108) Hong Kong, Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2015). Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse by religious leaders. Mandatory reporting laws and the identification of severe child abuse and neglect. (pp. 295-308) edited by Ben Mathews and Donald C. Bross. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9685-9_14

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2014). The ties that bind: separation, divorce and the indissolubility of parenthood. Families, policy and the law: selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. (pp. 177-184) edited by Alan Hayes and Daryl Higgins. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2013). Family instability, mental health and the emerging financial crisis for the welfare state. Les solidarités entre générations: Solidarities between generations. (pp. 85-103) edited by Hugues Fulchiron. Brussels, Belgium: Éditions Bruylant.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2012). Christian concerns about an Australian charter of rights. Freedom of Religion under Bills of Rights. (pp. 117-151) edited by Paul Babie and Neville Rochow. Adelaide, SA, Australia: University of Adelaide Press. doi: 10.1017/UPO9780987171818.008

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2010). Changing policies regarding separated fathers in Australia. The role of the father in child development. (pp. 578-614) edited by Michael E. Lamb. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2009). The financial impact of relocation disputes: empirical evidence from Australia. Family finances. (pp. 553-567) edited by Bea Verschraegen. Vienna, Austria: Jan Sramek.

  • Parkinson, P. (2007). Family relationship centres: a new approach to resolving conflicts about parenting in Australia. Family law: balancing interests and pursuing priorities. (pp. 611-620) edited by Lynn D. Wardle and Camille S. Williams. Buffalo, NY, United States: Hein and Co.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2006). The past caretaking standard in comparative perspective. Reconceiving the family: critique on the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution. (pp. 446-471) edited by Robin Fretwell Wilson. Cambridge, MA, United States: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511617706.026

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2005). Die Durchsetzung von Toleranz: Gesetze gegen religiose Verleumdung in Australien. Ein Maulkorb fr Christen?. (pp. 110-133) edited by Thomas Schirrmacher and Thomas Zimmermanns. Bonn, Germany: VKW.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2002). Quantifying contributions. Handbook of the 10th National Family Law Conference. (pp. 17-41) Melbourne, Australia: National Family Law Conference.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2001). Equity. The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. edited by Michael Coper, Tony Blackshield and George Williams. Melbourne, Australia: OUP.

  • Magner, Eilis and Parkinson, Patrick (2001). Recovered memories: the legal dilemmas. Recovered memories: seeking the middle ground. (pp. 51-68) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/0470013486.ch4

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2000). The problem of child sexual abuse in church communities. Milton, QLD, Australia: Queensland Crime Commission.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (2000). Child protection law in Australia. Overcoming child abuse: a window on a world problem. (pp. 15-38) edited by Michael Freeman. Aldershot, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1998). Alteration of property interests. Family law, laws of Australia. (pp. 1-75) Sydney: LBC.

  • Parkinson, Patrick and Wright, D (1996). Equity and Property. The Principles of Equity. (pp. 53-91) edited by Patrick Parkinson. Sydney, NSW, Australia: LBC Information Services.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1996). Estoppel. The Principles of Equity. (pp. 201-280) edited by Patrick Parkinson. Sydney, NSW, Australia: LBC Information Services.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1996). Fiduciary Obligations. The Principles of Equity. (pp. 325-378) edited by Patrick Parkinson. Sydney, NSW, Australia: LBC Information Services.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1996). Multiculturalism and the regulation of marriage in Australia. Families across frontiers. (pp. 309-326) edited by Nigel Lowe and Gillian Douglas. The Hague, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1996). The Conscience of Equity. The Principles of Equity. (pp. 28-52) edited by Patrick Parkinson. Sydney, NSW, Australia: LBC Information Services.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1995). The property rights of cohabitees: is statutory reform the answer?. Frontiers of family law. (pp. 301-319) edited by D. Pearl, A. Bainham and R. Pickford. Chichester, England: John Wiley.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1994). Property and Alimony in No-fault Divorce. Australian Law and Legal Thinking in the 1990s. (pp. 33-42) edited by Alice Erh-Soon Tay and Conita S.C. Leung. Sydney: Faculty of Law, University of Sydney,.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1993). Legal intervention in parent-child conflicts - the emergence of no-fault divorce in child welfare law. Parenthood in modern society. (pp. 487-499) edited by John Eekelaar. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Netherlands.

  • Parkinson, Patrick (1990). Family law. Annual survey of Australian law 1989. (pp. 141-163) edited by R. Baxt and G. Kewley. Sydney: LBC.

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