Celebrating Family Diversity & Connections

Families come in all shapes and sizes and are as diverse as they world around us. Different families a have lots in common with each other’s and many differences as well – every family is unique. In National Families Week 2024 we encourage you to celebrate the diversity within your family. And, to celebrate the commonalities and differences between your family and other families.

Celebrating family diversity involves recognising and embracing the unique circumstances, backgrounds, and dynamics that make each family special. And finding opportunities to connect across differences including those in culture, language, gender, sexuality, ability, and age.

Fostering an inclusive family and community environment enables meaningful connections and can promote mutual appreciation and shared learning. Ultimately, the acknowledgment and acceptance of diverse family experiences, both within and between families, can contribute to the resilience and vibrancy of our communities across the nation.

Australia’s families | research and resources

Australian Parenting | parenting videos, articles and apps for Australian parents and families

Barnardos | Supporting children and families

Beyond Blue:

Emergency Relief services to support individuals and families in times of crisis

Families and Work | family friendly workplaces

Family Friendly workplaces | UNICEF guidelines to creating family-friendly workplaces

Financial help – National Debt Helpline | information to get finances back on track or call 1800 007 007

Financial Wellbeing | information to support eligible individuals and families

First Nations Resilience Project | stories and sources of resilience from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Life Education resources for educators, families, parents and carers

Neighbours Every Day | create sharing and belonging

Reachout | mental health and wellbeing support for youth

Reachout | classroom resources on resilience

Relationships Australia | relationship services for individual and families

Sport | developing life skills through sport

For further information:

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Evaluation of the Inclusion Support Program

In Home Care Evaluation Report 

How the experiences and circumstances of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD children and families) influence child mental health

Mental health literacy and interventions for school-aged children

Ten to Men

Families Then & Now: households and families 

More research findings and practice resources can be accessed from the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.

For further information about Australia’s families see:

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Household and families: Census

Australian Bureau of Statistics – People and Communities 2021

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle

Resources on Resilience

About Resilient Families | links to resources and support for Australian families

Indigenous Financial Resilience, Centre for Social Impact

Financial Resilience in Australia, Centre for Social Impact