For one week each year, the Family Matters National Week of Action relies on you, our supporters and organisational members of the Family Matters Strategic Alliance, to build public awareness and political commitment for our campaign to make sure all our children grow up strong in family, culture and community.
Our next Family Matters National Week of Action will run from:
Thursday 12 to Thursday 19 November 2020
The National Family Matters Leadership Group regretfully postponed our planned National Week of Action that was due to run from 18-24 May. The National Week of Action will now follow the Parliament House launch of The Family Matters Report 2020 on Thursday 12 November and will run from 12 – 19 November.
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.
Keep checking this page for the latest updates on National Week of Action in 2020 and how you can get involved.
National Week of Action 20-26 May 2019
Last year, the theme for the 2019 Family Matters National Week of Action was Because of them, we must.
It 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.
Get ready to take action in 2020!
- inform service providers, policy decision makers, and the Australian public about the national crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in out-of home care
- shine a light on the risks and damage in disconnecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, communities, culture and Country.
- 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.