National Families Week

Families Australia is delighted to be coordinating National Families Week for 2023.  National Families Week is Australia’s annual celebration of families, celebrated every year between 15 and 21 May to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Families.

National Families Week has been run by Families Australia, with Australian Government support, every year since 2003.  Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate the strengths and significance of families, make contact with extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.  It is a time to reflect on the meaning of family and to make the most of family life – no matter what form your family takes.

For most people their family offers them love, support and a sense of belonging. While what constitutes a family can vary widely, the benefits of being part of a strong and positive family unit are more universal. A strong and positive family can:

  • assist children and young people form social networks
  • provide children and young people with resources, care and a safe place to learn and explore
  • teach children and young people about the world, community norms and the rules that govern, and
  • be a place of support, fun and enjoyment – most of the time!

National Families Week 2023 celebrates families in all their diversity and promotes the capacities and resilience of families in creating strong, safe and connected communities.

The theme for 2023 is ‘living real, dreaming BIG’.

“Those who lose dreaming are lost.”


Australian Aboriginal Proverb

More information is available on the National Families Week website. There are a range of NFW related activity ideas, templates and information that you can use throughout the year. These can be download from the NFW ‘ Get Involved ‘ webpage.

We look forward to sharing your celebrations.
Jamie Crosby, CEO Families Australia