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This page has links to national, state and territory parent support and family support services, resources and organisations – for parents and families of all kinds.

Adoptive families

Listed below are links to the government agencies or departments responsible for adoption in each state and territory in Australia. You can find information for birth parents, adoptive parents and people affected by past adoptions:

Australian Government – Intercountry adoption
This Australian Government website has information, links and resources relating to intercountry adoption.

Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service
This is a free national service that provides counselling, information and support to families formed by intercountry adoption as well as to couples and individuals engaged in the intercountry adoption process.

Family support

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Victoria) is a statewide service in Melbourne that offers a telephone support and referral service. The website has resources, information and advice on family violence and sexual abuse, as well as a directory of Australia-wide services.

Family Relationships Online
On this Australian Government website you can find information about family relationships and links to support services. You can also visit a Family Relationship Centre, or call the Family Relationship Advice Line:

  • Phone: 1800 050 321
  • Hours: 8 am-8 pm, Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm Saturday

PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia)
PANDA provides confidential information, support and referral to anyone affected by perinatal anxiety and depression, including partners and extended family members.

Red Nose
This organisation works to prevent infant deaths through research and public education. The website has evidence-based information on topics like safe sleeping, as well as links to bereavement support services.

Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each Australian state and territory.

Fathers

Fathers Matter (PDF: 2.8mb)
This is a parenting resource for fathers. The booklet was produced by the Parenting Research Centre for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. It has information and advice on a range of parenting and relationship issues for dads.

MensLine
This is a national support service for men with family and relationship concerns. Online counselling is available on the website, and there’s also a 24-hour telephone counselling line – phone 1300 789 978. 

Relationships Australia 
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each state and territory.

You can read our article on Dad and Partner Pay. Dad and Partner Pay gives new dads or partners, including same-sex partners, up to two weeks of government-funded pay to be taken in the first year following birth or adoption.

Foster carers

Listed below are links to the government agencies or departments responsible for foster care in each state and territory in Australia:

Create Foundation  
This organisation represents children and young people in out-of-home care. The website has information on programs, activities and events run by Create throughout Australia. 

Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation works to improve opportunities for children in foster care. It runs the Love of Learning Program in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to help children in care with literacy and life skills.

Grandparents

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Support for non-parent carers
This section of the Department of Human Services website has information about support for grandparents and carers who raise and care for children.

Family Relationships Online – For grandparents
On this webpage you can find links to services and resources to support you in your role as a carer.

Mirabel Foundation
The Mirabel Foundation helps children who are orphaned or abandoned because of parental illicit drug use and who are now in the care of extended family. Mirabel runs kinship carer support groups in New South Wales and Victoria.

Find more information about services and support for grandparents in our grandparent and kinship carers section.

Parenting support

Here are some government websites with information about parenting support in different states and territories:

  • Australian Capital Territory: Parentlink ACT provides parenting information, guidance and support.
  • New South Wales: Families NSW has information on services and support for families throughout New South Wales. NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Parenting has practical tips, information and resources for parents and carers.
  • South Australia: Parenting SA provides support, services, information and resources for parents and carers.
  • Victoria: Better Health Channel – Parents has quality-assured and easy-to-understand information on a range of issues, for parents of babies through to teenagers.
  • Western Australia: Ngala helps parents, grandparents and carers develop skills and cope with the challenges of parenting.

Austprem
Austprem provides information and support for parents and carers of prematurely born babies and children. The website has a discussion forum where parents can share experiences.

Family Relationships Online
This Australian Government website has information and advice about family relationships. There’s a telephone support line and links to Family Relationship Centres in each state and territory.

Healthdirect Australia
Healthdirect provides health information and advice online and over the phone. The website provides links to health resources from trusted Australian organisations. Or phone 1800 022 222 and speak to a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PBS Parents
This website has information and advice for parents about child development from birth through to the early school years.

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby
This is a free, national, 24-hour helpline offering information, advice and counselling about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and your baby’s first year – phone 1800 882 436.

Reach Out – Parents Coaching
Reach Out offers free online coaching to parents and carers of teenagers. If you’re worried about your relationship with your teenage child, or worried about your child’s wellbeing or behaviour, coaching can give you strategies to help. 

You can get information, advice and counselling by calling the parent helpline in your state or territory.  

Same-sex parents

Gay Dads Australia
This website has information and resources for gay men who are fathers or who want to have children.

National LGBTI Health Alliance
This is a national organisation promoting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This organisation promotes the rights of lesbians and gay men in NSW. The website has information and updates on laws affecting same-sex parents.

QLife
This is a national counselling and referral service for for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI).

Rainbow Families (New South Wales)
Rainbow Families advocates for same-sex and LGBTI parented families. It runs community programs and social events throughout New South Wales.

Rainbow Families Council (Victoria)
This Victorian organisation gives support and advice to parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and their children.

Switchboard Victoria
Switchboard is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Victoria and Tasmania. Visit the website for phone numbers and hours of availability.

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This website has information about the law in Victoria relating to same-sex parents and their children.

You can find other useful links in our article on parenting in a same-sex relationship.

Single parents

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Parent’s guide to child support  
This section of the Department of Human Services website has information about child support payments and support services for separated families.

Australian Government Department of Human Services – What to do following a death
This section of the Department of Human Services website explains what to do if someone in your family has died. It has information on financial assistance, counselling and other supports to help you.

National Council of Single Mothers and their Children
This organisation aims to empower single mothers – particularly those living in hardship – by giving them access to information and support.

Single Parents Active Kids (Melbourne)
This is a social group that organises events for single parents and their children in Melbourne. Its focus is outdoor activities where children can have fun and be active in a welcoming and positive environment.

Single with Children (Sydney)
This is a non-profit social organisation run by single parents. It runs social activities in Sydney for both custodial and access single parents and their children.

Step-parents

Family Relationships Online
This Australian Government website has information and advice about family relationships. There is a telephone support line and links to Family Relationship Centres in each state and territory.

Relationships Australia  
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each state and territory.

Stepfamilies Australia
This organisation operates Australia wide offering family support services and information to stepfamilies. The website has links to branches in each state and territory.

Read more about co-parenting, being a single parent and parenting in a blended family in our single parents & blended families section

Teenage parents

Core of Life
Core of Life provides education about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting for adolescents.

Parenting and Child Health – Teen health: pregnancy options
This webpage discusses the options for young people who are pregnant.

Get practical tips on how you can help if your teenage child is having a baby.

Twins and multiples

Australian Multiple Birth Association
This organisation provides support, resources and education to multiple birth parents.

Curtin University – Twins and multiples 
This website has information and research about multiples with a focus on education from preschool through the school years. It includes information about special needs and disability.

Twins Research Australia 
This organisation facilitates research involving twins and their families. The website has information and resources about twins.

 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 28-03-2017