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Our History

Interrelate began in 1926 and in November 2016, we celebrated 90 years of service to families and communities in Australia.

Watch our 90th history video to find out more about how we began and where we are today.

1926 Father and Son Welfare Movement began as first family service organisation in Australia (and possibly the world) providing sexuality education for fathers and their sons.
1934 Mother and Daughter Incorporated formed and added.
1951 Branch of Family Life Movement opened in Victoria.
1953 Branch of Family Life Movement opened in Queensland.
1960 Family relationships counselling service introduced when Movement approved in NSW as a marriage counselling organisation funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.
1961 First family relationships counsellor training program conducted.
1962 Marriage education introduced.

Centre established (first at Gymea then at Kirrawee) to serve the Southern Metropolitan and Illawarra Region.

Centre established at Newcastle to serve the Hunter and Central Coast Region.

1963 Centre established (at Blacktown and then Castle Hill) to serve the Hills and Western Metropolitan Region.
1968 Branch of Family Life Movement opened in South Australia.
1973 Federal Council of Family Life established (today, in compliance with corporations law, the Interrelate Board of Management).
1975 Centre established (at Dubbo) to serve the Orana and Central Western Region.
Centre established (at Coffs Harbour) to serve the Mid North Coast and Tablelands Region.
1976 Status as marriage education provider approved in NSW with service (now known as family relationships education) funded by Federal Attorney-General’s Department.
1983 New logo adopted featuring the new operational name of Family Life. Centre established (at Lismore) to serve the North Coast Region.
1990 Approved in NSW as a mediation organisation with service (now known as family relationships mediation) funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.
1991 Centre established (at Strathfield then at Burwood) to serve the Central Metropolitan Region.
1995 Centre established at Burleigh Heads to service Northern NSW and Southern Queensland Coast.
1997 Trading name of Interrelate and a new logo adopted.

Interrelate courses accredited by the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board.

Establishment of Indigenous Yarning service (Indigerelate) at the Lismore centre funded by Federal Department of Family and Community Services.

1998 Interrelate deemed a Registered Training Organisation by VETAB.
1999 Men at Work program launched as a collaborative partnership with business sector and senior academics.
2000 Children’s Contact Centres funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department established at Dubbo, Orange, Lismore, Coffs Harbour.
2000 – 2004 Auspiced Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Facilitation Service funded by Federal Department of Family and Community Services.
2001 – 2003 Conducted one of only seven special partnerships projects across the country, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, to collaborate and improve integration of the family law system, by encouraging the full range of post-separation services providers in a particular area.
2001 Centre established (at Orange) to service Western Region.
2003 In collaboration with Child Support Agency and funded by Department of Family and Community Services, designed and implemented the highly acclaimed Staying Connected Program run for non-residential fathers in the workplace.
2004 Co-location of Children’s Contact Service with Interrelate’s other services in Dubbo, Orange, Lismore, Coffs Harbour to enable one-stop-shop approach to families.
2004 – 2005 Development, pilot and evaluation of Building Connections program (for separated parents in high conflict) funded by the Federal Attorney General’s Department.
2006 Family Relationship Centres operated by Interrelate Family Centres, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, open in Lismore and Sutherland Shire.

Centres established (at Port Macquarie) to serve the Port Macquarie and Greater Hastings Regions and (at Maitland and Singleton) to serve the Hunter and Upper Hunter Valley.

Establishment of a Children’s Contact Centre, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, at Sutherland.

Recipient of Prime Minister’s Gold Award for Excellence in public sector management – the highest accolade in the Government sector.

2006 – 2010 Appointed auspice Organisation for Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie/Taree, Lismore and Newcastle Family Law Pathways Networks (funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department).
2007 Family Relationship Centre operated by Interrelate Family Centres, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, opens in Newcastle.
2008 Family Relationship Centre operated by Interrelate Family Centres, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, open in Coffs Harbour, Taree, Gosford, Dubbo.

Post Separation Co-operative Parenting Program funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, established at Orange, Dubbo, Wyong, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour.

Establishment of a Children’s Contact centre, funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, at Port Macquarie.

2009 Published books on sexuality and relationships for parents and children.
2010 Funded by the Federal Attorney General’s Department to conduct one of five national pilot programs in Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution (Newcastle).

Interrelate auspiced as Stepfamilies Australia NSW Branch.

2011 Launch of nationally accredited Interrelate Training Institute (ITI).

Launch of Interrelate’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

2012 Interrelate rebrands and introduces new characters, logo and website.