Identity and Values

Families Australia is, or intends to become widely known as, an organisation that:

  • Is a national leader that is highly respected for the quality and independence of its work.
  • Strives to foster a national public policy environment in which family-related issues and the family sector can prosper.
  • Informs and influences at the highest government levels.
  • Works closely with its members in developing policy.
  • Strongly advocates for the diversity and value of families.
  • Proactively supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations.
  • Takes a broad and inclusive approach, and is practical, constructive and collaborative.
  • Is governed and managed to the highest standards.


The object of Families Australia is to work towards the recognition of, and support for, the social, economic, cultural, spiritual, and developmental needs of families, young people and children in Australian communities, in particular, by relieving the suffering, distress and helplessness of vulnerable and disadvantaged families and people, so as to enhance their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. 
This object will contribute to a united Australia that provides justice and equity for all, in particular for vulnerable and disadvantaged families and people, and which recognises the fundamental importance of families and the heritage and culture of all Australians, including the original inhabitants, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
The Association achieves its object by:  

  • Acting as a peak body for its members to:
    • add value to the work of its members;
    • protect, promote and enhance the interests and profile of its members by assisting members to develop services that are effective and responsive to the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people;  
  • Representing the views and needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged families and people to governments, the media and the general public in relation to social policies, service planning and service delivery issues;  
  • Providing a strong, pro-active, national voice and advice to government on broad issues that impact on families;   
  • Providing a range of processes that facilitate the voices of families regarding family policy;   
  • Improving policy, programs and service delivery in all parts of the sector with a particular focus on the interface between Commonwealth and State/Territory responsibilities;   
  • Being a leading organisation in the field of family policy by working in collaboration with other stakeholders, including government and non-government organisations;   
  • Advocating for adequate resources for and ensure that family policy:
    • reflects the diversity of family forms;
    • address disadvantaged circumstances experienced by may families, and;  
    • has a primary emphasis on the best interests of children and young people.
  • Initiate or undertake research which contributes to improved knowledge, policy, programs and service delivery practice;
  • Supporting the development and capacity of the network of members, their individual or organisational members and/or their constituents, and to utilise the skills and knowledge of these networks; 
  • Having regard for the need to ensure geographic diversity and coverage in its own structures and processes; and
  • Anything ancillary to the object and activities as set out above.