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Background History

The Australian Father of The Year Awards were created in 1957, and have for the past 25 years been nurtured by The Shepherd Centre in partnership with the Australian Father’s Day Council.  In 2022, The Fathering Project became the natural home for the Australian Father of the Year Awards and will continue to work in partnership with the Australian Father’s Day Council to further develop the awards together.

Shining a light on the critical role of fathers in changing children’s lives

Raise awareness and advocate for positive fathering

Strive towards establishing equitable parenting

Focus on the wellbeing and future of Australian children

Purpose of the Awards

The Australian Father of the Year Awards celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that fathers play within families, and in the wider community.
The Australian Fathers Day Council and The Fathering Project select THREE distinguished fathers and ONE outstanding workplace who have demonstrated support, guidance and love to their child or other children through their working role or family life, to take out one of the following prestigious Australian Father of the Year Awards.

Award Categories

Australian Father of The Year

Selected by the Fathers Day Council and The Fathering Project

Australian Community Father of The Year

Nominated from the general public

Australian Sporting Father of the Year

Nominated from the general public

Australia's Best Workplace for Fathers

Nominated from the workplaces which create positive conditions for working dads

“Our mission is to educate, connect and empower fathers and father figures across Australia to prevent long term social, emotional and cognitive difficulties and create the conditions for children to thrive.”

Members of the Council

Maurice Newman AC Chair

Sunita Gloster

Martin Black

Talal Yassine OAM

Shane Fitzsimmons AO AFSM

Adam Liaw

John Mangos

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