The Family Matters Week of Action is an annual awareness raising event, to harness public engagement and political commitment to our key advocacy asks. Our next Family Matters National Week of Action will run from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May 2020, inclusive.
Community empowerment and human rights lie at the heart of the Family Matters campaign. Together with community leaders and communities, we will drive local change, inform and empower families and call on Governments to act.
The theme for the 2019 Family Matters National Week of Action was Because of them, we must.
These theme raised national awareness of the urgency of building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids – not only for the next generation, but for the children who are here today.
National Week of Action
20-26 May 2019
During our 2019 National Week of Action, we highlighted the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Most importantly, we were able to shine a light on the risks and damage in disconnecting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from community, culture and country.
Get ready to take action in 2020!
- inform service providers, policy decision makers, and the Australian public of the national crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in out-of home care
- garner support to ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for within family, community and culture
- ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and organisations are empowered to exercise their responsibilities for the safety and wellbeing of their children
Find out more about what you can do and use our resources below to take action
What you can do
As a Family Matters supporter, we are calling on your organisation to further support Family Matters by hosting an event and promoting the National Week of Action via your organisation’s website, social media and other communications channels.
Our policy asks
Learn more about the policy changes we’re asking for
Join us in demanding for political action.
Hold an event in your workplace, engage your supporters, members and staff in discussions about the escalating number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their family, and the power you have to influence change.
Take a photo of you and your mob holding our campaign sign and share it on social media.
Use our resources to promote on social media.
Share our election priorities on social media.
Share this video: Let’s Start the Conversation
And copy and paste the following messaging to use on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Go to our Facebook page and share our posts.
Add a frame to your profile, go to: www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and choose the frame called Family Matters 2019.
Or see our post about adding our frame to your profile.
On Twitter, use the hashtag #BecauseOfThemWeMust
[I / We / your organisation] believe/s that #FamilyMatters. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 11x more likely to be removed from their families than other Australian children. Our children deserve better. #BecauseOfThemWeMust