Dave chats with Wayne Bradshaw about  The Fathering Project.

The Fathering Project – a not for profit organisation that aims to help the futures of Australian kids by inspiring and equipping fathers and father-figures to be more effective and engaged – is calling all Aussie dads, stepdads and father figures to share ‘how they dad’ in a national survey.

The Fathering Project’s first Fathering Facts survey will be released this year and aims to recognise how the role of fathering has changed over the years, capture what a contemporary dad looks like and outline the current state of fathering in Australia.

The Fathering Project Chief Executive Officer Wayne Bradshaw said as the roles of mums and dads in the home, workplace and society evolve, expectations on Aussie dads have changed and are continuing to change.

“Australian families don’t typically function the same way they did 20 – 30 years ago. As a result, fathering for me looks very different from what it looked like for my dad and even my grandad.

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“The survey will look at the opinions and attitudes of dads of various ages to see how they deal with discipline, emotions and sharing the load in the family.

“The more we know about the state of fathering, the better equipped The Fathering Project will be to provide resources, programs and research to support fathers and father figures in raising healthy and happy children,” Wayne said.

Father of three and TV and radio presenter Basil Zempilas said his style of fathering is probably more hands-on than dads from previous generations.

“Dads pitch in, change nappies, warm bottles and get up when the kids wake up through the night. It’s how it is in this generation.

“Spending quality time with my kids is something that’s important for me. Work commitments can keep me busy so spending one-on-one time with them is something I prioritise,” Basil said.

Dads and father figures living in Australia can also share their fathering style in The Fathering Project’s 2019 Fathering Facts survey until 8 August. To take part in the survey, visit thefatheringproject.org/fatheringfacts


Results for The Fathering Project’s 2019 Fathering Facts survey will be released in the lead up to Father’s Day.


To find out more about the Fathering Project, its research and programs, visit thefatheringproject.org