Category Archive: Press/Media

National Families Week: 15-21 May 2014


20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.

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.

For more information go to Families Australia.

Robin Clark Memorial Awards

Nominate a hero of child, youth and family services for 2014 awards.


The Victorian Government is calling for nominations for the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2014.  Nominations are sought for individuals, teams and groups who have made a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families through their work in Victoria.


The annual awards are held during Child Protection Week to celebrate the varied work taking place across government, the child, youth and family service sector, academia and the broader community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.  Nominees may be foster or kinship carers, or involved in direct service, supervisory, program, policy or academic work that has had a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families.


Help to shine a light on the exceptional contribution of those who work each day to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our community by nominating today.  Nominations are open until Friday, 13 June 2014.


Visit the Department of Human Services Child Protection Week page for more information about the awards or to make a nomination.




Be Deadly Online Cybersmart program launches today!

Today, Friday 4th April,  the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart program launches Australia’s first comprehensive package of cybersafety resources for Indigenous communities.

Tackling cyberbullying, sexting and digital footprint management, Be Deadly Online responds to Indigenous community leaders’ concerns about the impact of social media on family and community relationships and on young people themselves by offering positive, practical advice on playing smart online.

The program is made up of a series of short animations, posters and a behind-the scenes ‘making of’ video, all hosted on a specially-created portal within the Cybersmart website. It was created with major contributions from a number of Indigenous communities across Australia, including Yarrabah in Tropical North Queensland, regional Victoria and the Mid West Gasgoyne region in Western Australia.

Be Deadly Online is designed to start the conversations that will help young Indigenous people and their communities understand how online actions can easily have real-life consequences and that ‘online business is everyone’s business’.

To view one of the Be Deadly Online animations that focuses on sexting, please click here.