• About us

    Since 1956, the Father’s Day Council of Victoria has named a Victorian Father of the Year, to celebrate and recognise the important role of fathers in family life.

    Vale Don Parsons
    We were saddened to learn of the passing of Chair of the Father’s Day Council, Don Parsons on 22 April 2017.

    Don was a compassionate, kind and caring man. We miss you deeply; your leadership, your stories and your wisdom.


The Father’s Day Council of Victoria, an independent association, has been operating in Victoria since 1956. It was established to:

  • Recognise, through annual awards, exemplary fathers of outstanding character who may be role models.
  • Promote such awards in the media, and elsewhere, to raise the profile of fathers dedicated to their families and family life.
  • Recognise and to advance the status of good fathering practices.
  • Call on organisations, companies and people committed to good fathering to support the purposes of the Association.

The Council is managed by a Committee of Management.

Committee of Management

Barry Novy

Michelle Bruggeman

Peter Burns – Chief Executive, YMCA Victoria
Shona Eland

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