About the Victorian Father's Day Council

Since 1956, the Father’s Day Council has named a Victorian Father of the Year, to celebrate and recognise the important role dads and father-figures have in their community and in the young people in their lives.

YMCA Victoria has supported this award since 2006, helping in the search far and wide for the state’s top dad. Think your dad or father-figure is the best? Nominations can be made through the online nomination form and is open to everyone.

The winner of 2019’s Victorian Father of the Year will receive their award at a special event and morning tea run by City of Melbourne, YMCA and Father’s Day Council on Friday 23 August at Melbourne Town Hall.

The award is a prestigious recognition and acknowledgement at the state’s highest level. The winner of this award will also join a long list of past top dads including: Bob Hawke, Andrew Gaze, Bert Newton and more. In recent years, the focus has been on ordinary dads with extraordinary stories.

Vale Don Parsons
The passing of original chair and founder of the Father’s Day Council Don Parsons occurred on 22 April 2017. Don was a compassionate, kind and caring man. We miss you deeply; your leadership, your stories and your wisdom.

The Council is managed by a Committee of Management.

Committee of Management

Barry Novy

Michelle Bruggeman

Shona Eland, Terry Mitropoulos, Carolyn Morris.