The 11th National Families Week will commence on Wednesday 15 May, with events being held until Tuesday 21 May. Over 125,000 people have registered to participate in local events across Australia.

According to Families Australia Chief Executive Brian Babington, the aim of National Families Week 2013 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in children’s wellbeing.

“This year’s theme Families working together: Getting the balance right encourages everyone to think about the way families can work together to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Let’s take the time to work together to get the best balance in all life’s activities.  When families work together, everyone benefits.

“All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week.”

National Families Week is timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May. This day is observed by the United Nations to mark the importance placed on families as the most fundamental units of society, as well as to show the international community’s concern for family issues in many parts of the world. The United Nations theme for the 2013 International Day of Families is Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity.

National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

For further enquiries, please contact Families Australia on (02) 6273 4885.

To see the list of registered public National Families Week events in your local area and the list of NFW Ambassadors go to

Contact Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 3, 7 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
M: 0417 550 149
P: 02 6273 4885