Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Government launches new relationship education resource

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today released a new resource to help families build stronger relationships.

The Keys to Living Together kit is being released as part of National Families Week.

“The theme of this year’s Families Week is ‘FITT Families – Families Investing in Time Together’, encouraging all Australians to take time to improve the all-round physical and emotional wellbeing of their family and relationships,” Mr Brough said.

“Keys to Living Together is a resource that will help families take stock of their relationship and explore ways to make it even stronger in the future.

“We all maintain our car and home. It’s important that we maintain our relationships as well.

“Keys to Living Together was produced in direct response to demand from the community and the community services sector for material which can be used to help educators and individuals, families or couples build stronger relationships.

“It’s a series of three DVDs, each with its own magazine/workbook used in conjunction with the DVD to help people run a check of their relationship and, together, work towards making it stronger.

“The DVDs focus on pre marriage/committed couples, couples with a newborn and blended families.

“These three family types have been chosen because each of these phases of a relationship represents a time of significant change, something which can put stress on a relationship.”

Keys to Living Together have been developed under the Howard Government’s $2 million, four year commitment announced in 2005 to develop resources for Family Relationship Education and Skills Training.

900,000 copies of the package have been produced and will be distributed to relationship education service providers, sector representative groups, and stakeholders with shared interests in this area.

Individuals can also access the DVDs through video stores and libraries or by calling 1800 050 009 or visiting the FaCSIA website