Neighbours Every Day is the next evolution of Neighbour Day

The inaugural Neighbour Day was launched in Melbourne in 2003, as an opportunity to “check on your neighbour”. 

Relationships Australia became the custodian of Neighbour Day in 2014 and the day has since grown into an ongoing, year round social connection campaign that seeks to address loneliness across Australia. Neighbours Every Day is the evolution of Neighbour Day into a year-round campaign with a dedicated day-of-action named Neighbour Day, celebrated on the last Sunday of March annually. As the leading social connection campaign in Australia, Neighbours Every Day continues to grow and support all in Australia to build respectful and sustainable relationships with those around them.

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia works in a variety of ways to support respectful relationships across Australia.
With three key pillars at the national level, we provide services and supports to all people, to enable sustainable respectful relationships.
Broadly, Relationships Australia advocates and promotes the importance of respectful relationships with respect to positive individual mental health outcomes and general community outcomes.
Our research is relevant and purposeful, and further enables us to provide our ongoing trusted services and supports


Respectful Relationships

We support the development and nurturing of respectful relationships, which has proven to be a crucial foundation for mental health, general wellbeing, and overall resilience.

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Relationships Australia has, for over 70 years, providing a range of relationship services to Australian families, including individual, couple and family group counselling, dispute resolution, services to older people, children’s services, services for victims and perpetrators of family violence, and relationship and professional education. We aim to support all people in Australia to live with positive and respectful relationships and believe that people have the capacity to change how they relate to others and develop better health and wellbeing. For access to services near you, click here.

We respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live life fully and meaningfully within their families and communities with dignity and safety, and to enjoy respectful relationships. A commitment to fundamental human rights, to be recognised universally and without discrimination, underpins our work.

Relationships Australia is committed to:

  • Working in regional, rural and remote areas, recognising that there are fewer resources available to people in these areas and that they live with pressures, complexities and uncertainties not experienced by those living in cities and regional centres.
  • Collaboration. We work collectively with local and peak body organisations to deliver a spectrum of prevention, early and tertiary intervention programs with people of all genders, including older people, young people and children. We recognise that some families need a complex suite of supports (for example, family support programs, mental health services, gambling services, drug and alcohol services, and housing).
  • Enriching family relationships, and encouraging clear and respectful communication.
  • Ensuring that services are accessible, including ensuring that social and financial disadvantage is no barrier to accessing services.
  • Contributing its practice evidence and skills to research projects, the development of public policy, and the provision of compassionate and effective supports to families.
  • Supporting social connection and the building of sustainable respectful relationships through our social connection campaign, Neighbour Day.


We advocate for respectful relationships across all levels of society. Relationships Australia advocates across many stakeholder groups via policy, research, media and community engagement.

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On issues impacting the work of Relationships Australia and the broader sector, Relationships Australia engages in ongoing advocacy with relevant Government departments and key stakeholders at the national, state and local levels.

As an important component of this advocacy, Relationships Australia engages with a range of Parliamentary Inquiries, Royal Commissions and other government consultations. Drawing on the expertise and experience of practitioners across the country, and building on evidence collected over 70 years of delivering services to vulnerable Australians, we are proud to contribute to the development of public policy in Australia supporting the provision of compassionate and effective services for families.

We also enjoy a positive working relationship with media outlets across the country, contributing practice experience and insights to inform the national discussion on topics impacting our clients and all Australians.


We conduct relevant research across a broad range of topics in regards to relationships. At times we partner with universities and other organisations, working locally and internationally to support further understandings of relationships.

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Relationships Australia is committed to research and the use of data and practice evidence to inform Australia’s social policy landscape. Through a combination of unique research projects and partnerships with universities, we are proud to contribute our skills and experience to enhance the understanding of issues impacting Australians.

In addition to formal studies, Relationships Australia runs surveys throughout the year on topics of relevance to our clients and all Australians. Results from these surveys inform further understanding around key areas of interest at timely points in Australia’s history.

Relationships Australia believes that a strong commitment to data and evidence-informed policy and service design will generate the best outcomes for Australia and Australians.

Our supporters

A broad range of individuals and organisations continue to actively show support for Neighbours Every Day. Throughout the years, these collaborations have greatly contributed to community awareness, as well as a sustained reduction in loneliness.

Our Ambassadors are much-loved members of our communities who support the principal aim of Neighbours Every Day, which is to build sustainable respectful relationships with the people around us.

Ambassadors generously help raise awareness of Neighbours Every Day and its messages about the importance of social inclusion and connection in communities around Australia.

Read about what our Ambassadors have to say

Very Neighbourly Organisations

Very Neighbourly Organisations (VNO) are organisations that uphold and promote the principles of Neighbours Every Day.

These important organisations are committed to helping increase respectful relationships across Australia, one social connection at a time.

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Community organisations

A number of community organisations support Neighbours Every Day each year. These vital organisations are often the heart of communities and take action on loneliness every day.

Many of these are also very neighbourly organisations.

We offer a range of free resources to support community organisations to create belonging.


Many Councils around the country are actively involved in annual Neighbours Every Day activities and events. Councils play a key role in connecting individuals and communities.

Many of these are also very neighbourly organisations.

We offer a range of free resources to support councils to create belonging.


Neighbours Every Day promotes practical and effective ways to help address loneliness across our communities.

Loneliness is detrimental to our overall wellbeing. Social connection and increasing sustainable respectful relationships is the key to better outcomes for individuals and communities alike.

Relationships Australia is pleased to announce that new research conducted in collaboration with the Australian National University has been published demonstrating that involvement in Neighbours Every Day leads to a tangible and sustained reduction in loneliness.

“Community and connectedness and culture go hand in hand. It’s a way to show respect and also a way of identifying who we are and where we come from. This sense of belonging and connectedness to family and community - is central to our culture.”

Natalie Ahmat, Neighbour Day Ambassador

“I see friendships formed over community gardens week in and week out. Verge gardens, pocket parks, laneways…you name it. Families, kids, adults and elders are nurturing their environment and growing things for the birds, insects and people to share. It’s not just the plants that are growing in the garden, people are too. They are connecting with one another, all ages together.”

Costa Georgiadis, Neighbour Day Ambassador


“I had always wanted to have a caring, connected neighbourhood, but didn’t really know where to start. Neighbour Day gave me ideas, tools and an excuse to get on with it.”

Neighbour Day host


“Making friends in your community can help alleviate feelings of isolation and can also help you feel safer in your neighbourhood. There are so many positives to getting to know your neighbours, and there’s no better time to get started than this Neighbour Day.”

Councillor Liam Mooney, Townsville City Council website 


“Liverpool City Council is proud to join the 'Very Neighbourly Organisation' network and to be part of the Neighbour Day initiative, led by Relationships Australia. Very Neighbourly Organisations encourage residents to connect with others who live in their neighbourhood, particularly those who may be isolated or vulnerable. Council believes in the importance of social connection as a means of combating isolation, depression and loneliness.”

Very Neighbourly Organisation, Liverpool City Council website


Register today to celebrate your neighbours and create belonging in your community on the day of action