Our History

Relationships Australia has been providing services and supports to Australians for over 70 years.


Social services commenced in Australian states and territories under the shared brand “Marriage Guidance Council” to support, in particular, the family relationships of soldiers returning to Australia post World War II


The first National Conference of Marriage Councils was held in Melbourne


National Marriage Guidance Council of Australia (NMGCA) was formed


Government funding to NMGCA commenced


Constitutional Referendum in which Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the census.


No fault divorce laws were introduced in Australia


The federation of Marriage Guidance Councils voted to rename to Relationships Australia, in response to social shifts in late 20th-century society, and reflecting the broad scope of services provided


Relationships Australia Tasmania introduced the first Children’s Contact Service to be provided within the Federation


The first annual “check on your neighbour day” takes place in Victoria, Australia, founded by Andrew Heslop


Government funding established for Family Relationship Centres. 66 have since been established across Australia, over one third of which are operated by Relationships Australia and various consortium partners


Establishment of the Family Relationships Advice Line (FRAL), operated by Relationships Australia Queensland. FRAL is a national telephone service that helps families affected by relationship or separation issues, including information on parenting arrangements after separation


Relationships Australia assumes custodianship of Neighbour Day, a national social connection campaign promoting respectful relationships across the country


Same sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.


Relationships Australia celebrates its 70th Anniversary, launching groundbreaking research into the prevalence and impacts of loneliness in Australia.


Neighbour Day rebrands as Neighbours Every Day, promoting the importance of social connection and empowering people to create belonging in communities across Australia