Families in Australia: 2008

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About this Report

The inaugural Families in Australia report was launched on 10 December 2008.

Families in Australia fulfils the Rudd Government’s commitment to produce an annual report that outlines the state of Australian families. The report highlights the ongoing importance of the family to individuals and to society more broadly.

The report provides a summary of the key issues and trends facing Australian families. It examines a selection of key topics, including fertility, caring responsibilities, economic wellbeing of families, health of family relationships and how Australians are balancing work and family responsibilities.

The Government is committed to supporting all Australian families. We have a range of policies and programs in place that target support for families and are regularly revisiting these to ensure they are providing the best support possible.  The areas of focus identified by Families in Australia: 2008 will guide Government’s policy development into the future. We look forward to future editions of the report which will help to identify emerging issues and challenges for Australian families.

If you would like to access a hardcopy or a CD-ROM of the report please call 1800 701 316.


About the Snapshot

The accompanying snapshot provides a summary of key data from Families in Australia: 2008 and also broadly describes Government initiatives which assist families.

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Contact Details

For more information about Families in Australia please contact the Office of Work and Family at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600 Australia

Telephone: 1800 701 316

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2008