National Families Week 2016 will be held from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 21 May 2016.

The aim of National Families Week 2016 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The theme is ‘Stronger families, stronger communities‘.

According to Families Australia Chief Executive Officer Dr Brian Babington, “Families are the most important building block of our society. Stronger families also mean stronger, more resilient communities.”

All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals, are invited to participate in National Families Week. This year over 130,000 people will participate in National Families Week registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.

National Families Week is supported and promoted by Ambassadors, prominent Australians who are champions for families and family wellbeing.

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.

Families Australia is a national, member-based, not-for-profit organisation that works to promote a national policy environment in which the needs and interests of families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised, can be heard and addressed. Families Australia is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to deliver National Families Week.

For further enquiries, contact Dr Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia on (02) 6273 4885 or 0417 550 149.

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

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