Welcome to the Growing Families Australia – A.C.T. Website. The ACT GFA community is a small but vibrant one. We have 2 GEMS groups, a GFA ACT Day Camp and several GFA courses which run each year. On this site, you’ll find all the information you need about parenting courses, contact people and our latest newsletter.

To visit the main Growing Families Australia website, please click here.


If you are feeling a little out of touch with your parenting, here are some opportunities that may bring some encouragement to your life:

GEMS (Godly Encouragement For Mums)

 We have a north and a south side group who meet monthly.  Please contact either co-ordinator.  They would love you to join their group.  You will be encouraged and you are sure to encourage another mum.  The flow on effect is that you take the encouragement home to your husband and family.

Northside: Liz Kirkpatrick – lizkirky@gmail.com

Southside: Tara Swift – nateandtara@gmail.com

Up Coming Courses

 Contact the convenors to register your interest and to find out more information on times, venues and cost.

Preparation for the Toddler Years (Ages 12 – 18 months)

16th and 23rd March
Contact Geoff and Jennie Purser
Email: gjpurser@gmail.com
Phone: 0402158728
Toddlerhood Transitions
Beginning March TBA
Contact Geoff and Jennie Purser
Email: gjpurser@gmail.com
Phone: 0402158728
 The other courses we run at the request of parents so please feel free to contact us if there is a course that you would like. View the Growing Families Australia website for a description of each course.  Also on the website you will see that there are a few books that you maybe interested in purchasing.
  • Cyberparenting by James and Simone Boswell
  • Toddler to Teen by Mel Hayde (Hot off the press)
  • Taming the Lecture Bug by Joey and Carla Link
  • Why Can’t I get My Kids to Behave? also by Joey and Carla Link (also famous for Mom’s Notes)