Fathering Facts


We know the roles of mums and dads in the home, the workplace and in society mean that the expectations on dads have changed and are constantly changing.

With our Fathering Facts survey now complete, we’ve compiled the responses from approx. 1,800 Aussie dads and they’re telling us they’re doing more.

Dads are sharing more of the load

We asked dads with kids at different ages, 0-30+yrs, various questions to understand the differences in actions and attitudes towards the role of fathering.

Dads today are sharing the load, getting involved in the emotional stuff and finding different ways to discipline their kids, that didn’t necessarily reflect the way they were disciplined as kids.

Here’s some of the results we captured…

41% 'dad like their dads did'.

We asked Aussie dads if they’re parenting style reflected that of their parents, and only 41% agreed. This tell us that parenting styles are changing, and many environmental factors are affecting this.

98% recognise that fathering affects kids’ health and wellbeing.

We know that an effective father or father-figure can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of a child* and this statistic tells us that dads know this too. Dads are becoming more familiar and identifying with their role as father’s and their importance and impact on their kids.

*Lisa Wood: How Fathers and Father-Figures Can Shape Child Health and Wellbeing, 2013.

64% feel it's challenging to find quality dad-time.

Identifying the problem is the first step to fixing it. The fact that dads are reporting a problem with finding quality time is an indication that their intentions and attitudes are progressive and well intentioned.

A key focus of The Fathering Project is to inspire and encourage dads and father-figures to be more engaged by making the time to connect with their children. Our Dads Groups are a perfect example of dads being creative through learning and play to connect with their kids.