Family and Community Day (ACT)

Quick Facts

2020 Date28 September 2020
2021 Date27 September 2021
Family and Community Day (ACT)

Family and Community Day History

Family and Community Day serves to provide the citizens of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with a public holiday to enjoy time with family and friends. As a spring holiday, it gives a well-needed rest to families in the ACT to enjoy the outdoors, public spaces or just at day at home catching up on things.

Family and Community Day was first celebrated in 2007. It was originally celebrated in November on a Tuesday. It has however since been changed to the first Monday in the September/October school holidays unless it coincides with Labour Day, in which case it is postponed to the following Monday.

Family and Community Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the Australian government, in 2011, there were 7.8 million households in Australia, 72% of which were families.
  • In 1911, the average household in Australia consisted of 4.5 people. Now, according to 2011 data, the average size is 2.6 people.
  • According to 2012 Government data, the median age for women who gave birth to a first child was 29 years of age.
  • According to the 2011 Census, of the 5.6 million families in Australia, 38% were couples without children.
  • Family is not an important thing, it's everything. - Michael J Fox, actor

Family and Community Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host a BBQ with your friends and family. Enjoy the long weekend outdoors in the spring time air.
  • Take advantage of the day off to stop by some of the museums and cultural sights in the ACT. Some of our favourites are The Dinosaur Museum, The War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia.
  • Watch a movie about the importance of family bonds. Some of our favourites are Home Alone (1990), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), The Lion King (1994) and The Chronicles of Narnia (2005).
  • Give back to your community and to those who do not have families to spend this day with. Organisations such as Bernardos Australia offer weekend foster care and day outings for orphan children. You can either take a child with you on your Family and Community Day or you can donate to help others grant these types of opportunities to children in need.
  • Raise awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures of your day and your family time with hashtags such as #FamilyDay, #ACTFamilyDay and #FamilyandCommunityDay.

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