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National Families Week – 15th-20th May 2023

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National Families Week is a time to celebrate the strengths within our families and communities. A time when we can come together to support and encourage one another, as well as providing practical resources to help local families – and thousands more across the nation – to thrive.  

Stats on Australian Families

Here are just some of the challenges that families are currently navigating:

1. 33% of Australians report ‘always’ or ‘often’ feeling rushed for time.

2. Mortgage stress is placing a huge burden on families. With inflation and
the instability in the economy right now, homeowners have experienced
more than nine consecutive rate rises. Almost one-quarter of mortgage
holders were at risk of mortgage stress as of December 2022 – and the
number is only expected to get worse.

3. Recent research has shown that almost 40% of 16–24-year-olds report
having experienced a mental illness for a 12-month period or more.

4. Estimates from primary research suggest only 17–23% of pre-schoolers
and 15% of 5–12-year-olds meet screen-time guidelines. Evidence
suggests excessive screen-time has a negative impact on weight, social
and psychological wellbeing.

5. A recent survey shows that almost 40% of Australians gamble at least
once a week. And of this 40%, almost half are classified as being at risk of
gambling harm.

6. 15.9% of families have only one parent.

7. In 2021, almost 90,000 couples were married; however, in the same year
more than half this number were granted a divorce. That’s 13.6% more
divorces than the year before.

8. Overall, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced family violence.

9. On average, one woman every nine days and one man every month is
killed by a current or former partner.

10. Domestic violence is one of the major causes of homelessness. In 2021-
22, domestic violence was the main reason more than 72,900 people
asked for help from specialist homelessness services.

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