In our first Conversation and Provocation, we discussed the Parent and Family Engagement: Implementation Guide for School Communities (the ‘Guide’) published by Australian Research and Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). The resource focuses on both ‘how’ and ‘why’ – drawing on a body of research and providing practical guidance on implementing family and community engagement practices.

Here are some additional supporting resources generously curated by Barbara Barker from ARACY:

Other resources on engaging culturally diverse families:

  • The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) developed a good practice guide for Victorian schools in 2016. Opening the School Gate is a resource kit that provides teachers and other school staff with a range of strategies to encourage parents and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to fully participate in the educational experience of their children at school.
    • This version was also produced for NSW schools:
  • Foundation House produced a report in 2015 on family/school partnerships with refugee families:
  • Foundation House also produced this Guide, which was informed by the above report

There’s also a few things here which may be of help:

Register for our next Conversation and Provocation

We have our next conversation and provocation on the The Family-School Partnership Framework, developed by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on Tuesday 8 June.


  • 4.00-5.30pm NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT/QLD
  • 3.30 – 4.30pm SA/NT
  • 2.00-3.00pm WA

Please submit your Expression of Interest early as numbers are limited. Further details will be provided closer to the date.

About the conversation:

Family-school and community partnerships are an effective way to bring together family and community resources to enrich student learning and wellbeing. Join this conversation to learn about The Family-School Partnership Framework, developed by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, focused on promoting and guiding partnership building. We will explore different strategies, reflect on the evaluation tool, and share ideas that can be used to support school communities in building and improving family-school partnerships.