Families Australia Oration

The Families Australia Oration is an address by a prominent Australian to highlight important family and community issues and ways ahead.


The 2014 Families Australia Oration, 'A Safer Future for Children' was delivered by Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Oration was supported by the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

You can stay up-to-date with the work of the the Royal Commission on their website: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/


The Berry Street Childhood Institute-Families Australia Oration was delivered by Megan Mitchell, the inaugural National Children's Commissioner at the Child Aware Approaches Conference in Melbourne on 11 April 2013.

In her first major speech since being appointed to her new role, Ms Mitchell focused on children’s rights, the needs of vulnerable children, and the importance of hearing, and acting upon, the perspectives of children and young people.

You can follow Australia's first National Children's Commissioner and stay up-to-date with Megan's National Listening Tour via Twitter @MeganM4Kids or via Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/MeganM4Kids


On the evening of 24 May, Professor McGorry AO, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, delivered the Third Families Australia National Oration at Parliament House, Canberra. Addressing an audience of around 150 people, including many political and community leaders, Professor McGorry spoke passionately about the ongoing needs in the field of mental health in Australia.


The second Families Australia National Oration was delivered by Ms Christine Nixon APM, Chair, Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, on the evening of Monday 19 October 2009 in the Mural Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. Drawing on her many years of eminent community and public service in the police force, in community organisations and, currently, with the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Ms Nixon reflected on issues facing communities and families, particularly when they face disasters and other emergencies. How can communities and families function best under stressful conditions? What should governments, services and individuals do to support them better? How should governments and services go about delivering interventions more effectively in community and family life?


The Inaugural Families Australia Oration was held in the Great Hall at University House in Canberra on 16 October 2008.

This was the first in a series of annual Orations by prominent Australians to highlight important family issues and future directions.

Families Australia were delighted that the Inaugural Families Australia Oration was delivered by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.