National Families Week
National Families Week 2013
was held between 15 and 21 May 2013.
The theme for 2013:
Families Working Together – Getting the Balance Right
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National Families Week will be held between 15-21 May 2014.
The Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, attended a Civic reception in recognition of National Families Week during a visit to Bathurst on 14 May 2013.
The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General © 2013
Each year, tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week - Australia's annual celebration of families.
The aim of National Families Week 2013 is to celebrate the vital role that families play. The 2013 theme was Families working together: Getting the balance right.
During National Families Week, everyone is encouraged to think about the way families can work together to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Let’s take the time to work together to get the best balance in all life’s activities. When families work together, everyone benefits.
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your immediate family, make contact with your extended family and friends and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time.
Each National Families Week, let’s take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children as they grow.
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 that the international community places on families as the most fundamental units of society, as well as to show concern about their situation in many parts of the world. The United Nations theme for the 2013 International Day of Families is Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity.
All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week each year.
Register your event
Organisations planning to hold an event for National Families Week need to register it in order to receive promotional products (posters, balloons, temporary tattoos, postcards, notepads and stickers). Event registration is available here.
National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The Department of Human Services is also promoting National Families Week and providing support through its national network.
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Previous National Families Weeks