National Families Week 2014 – May 15-21

National Families Week 2014 will be held from Thursday 15 May to Wednesday 21 May 2014 (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May).
The aim of National Families Week 2014 – the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family – is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.

This year’s theme highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your 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 life. Let’s take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.

Each year, tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week – Australia’s annual celebration of families. This year around 130,000 people are participating in National Families Week registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.

National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our civil society.

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.

Further information about National Families Week 2014 is available at


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