Our History

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

1948

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

1952

The first National Conference of Marriage Councils was held in Melbourne

1953

National Marriage Guidance Council of Australia (NMGCA) was formed

1956

Government funding to NMGCA commenced

1975

No fault divorce laws were introduced in Australia

1993

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

1996

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

2003

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

2006

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

2006

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

2014

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