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.
Australian Parenting | parenting videos, articles and apps for Australian parents and families
Barnardos | Supporting children and families
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
More research findings and practice resources can be accessed from the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.
About Resilient Families | links to resources and support for Australian families