Policy forums

Families Australia conducts interactive policy forums that are open to members and other stakeholders, including government officials and researchers. The aim of each forum is to listen to the views of participants about issues facing families and to provide the latest information on national family policy, practice and research.

Major issues arising from the policy forums are analysed in light of research evidence and inform Families Australia’s policy advice to the Australian Government and Parliament.

9 November 2020

Reimagining Indigenous wellbeing now and into the future

Mr Joe Hedger, Director, Indigenous Sector Practice at EY, addressed Families Australia’s NAIDOC Week Policy Forum on ‘Reimagining Indigenous wellbeing now and into the future’. Joe is a proud Bundjalung man whose family come from the Aboriginal community of Baryulgil on the Far North coast of NSW.

View video: Reimagining Indigenous wellbeing now and into the future – Joe Hedger

Families Australia Report: Reimagining Indigenous wellbeing now and in the future – Joe Hedger

21 October 2019

Finding a Voice Through the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’.

Dean Parkin presented a Families Australia Policy Forum on ‘Finding a Voice through the Uluru Statement From The Heart’. Dean was closely involved in the Referendum Council process that resulted in the historic ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’ and continues to advocate for constitutional and structural reform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. His talk highlighted how the Uluru Statement may enhance the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the affect this may have on improving outcomes.

View video: Finding a Voice through the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’ – Dean Parkin

Families Australia Report: Finding a Voice through the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’

22 August 2019

Next steps for paid parental leave – assessing and advancing leave policy in Australia

A public forum and national roundtable, co-hosted with the Australian National University,  evaluated progress since the Australian Government Paid Parental Leave Scheme was announced in 2009 and discussed next steps for advancing paid parental leave policy in Australia. The Forum was a collaboration with scholars from the Work and Family Policy Roundtable, a research network of 32 academics from 17 universities and research institutions with expertise on work, care and family policy. It was the sixth in a series convened by Families Australia since 2015 as part of its Building Stronger Australian Families policy forum series.

Presentations from 22 August Policy Forum

Published papers from 22 August Policy Forum

In 2015, Families Australia commenced a policy forum series entitled ‘Building Stronger Australian Families’, a set of expert-led discussions about what families need in order to thrive in coming decades.

Previous forums (2015-2018) can be found here


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