National Families Week has been running since 2003. The central theme is to celebrate the vital role families play in Australian society. Annual themes highlight different aspects of family wellbeing.
This theme highlighted the vitally important role that families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by greater family wellbeing.
Everyone was encouraged to think about the ways that families can work together to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle.
All Australians were encouraged to think about the valuable role families play in helping children to develop, learn and grow, and reflect on the influence families have on a child’s wellbeing.
National Families Week 2011 invited people to think about the things that make their family strong in both good and tough times, whatever their circumstances.
The aim of National Families Week 2010 was to celebrate the vital role that families play and particularly to highlight the importance of giving every child a happy and healthy childhood.
National Families Week 2009 encouraged everyone to think about and celebrate the many different people within families who make families united and strong and the many different types of families across society, each deserving respect and acknowledgement.
All Australians, particularly working parents and employers, were urged to find ways to generate ideas and take actions which would improve work-family balance for themselves and others.
This theme reflected the importance of making an investment in family time and remembering that the family unit itself, as well its members, needs special tending if it is to be strong.
The special theme in 2006 was parenting and young people aged between 12 and 18 years.
National Families Week 2005 paid special attention to the vital importance of the early childhood years between ages 0-5.
The Week provided an opportunity to think about families, whatever shape they take, and to celebrate the role that families play in our lives and in our community.