Our History

Melbourne-skylineThe organisation known today as Open Family Australia was informally founded in Melbourne in 1978.

  • In 1978 Father Bob Maguire and Brother Alex McDonald founded Open Family.
  • In 1981 Open Family Foundation was established as a charitable organisation and an unincorporated association.
  • On 6 March 1984 Open Family Foundation Incorporated was incorporated in Victoria.
  • On 1 September 1992 Open Family (Australia) Incorporated was incorporated as an association in the ACT.
  • On 2 December 1992 Open Family Foundation Incorporated changed its name to Open Family (Victoria) Incorporated.
  • On 7 November 2005 Open Family (Australia) Incorporated became a Registered Australian Body with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).
  • In December 2006, after 28 years of service, Father Bob Maguire retired from Open Family (Australia) to pursue his own Foundation.
  • On 6 September 2007 Open Family Australia became registered as a public company limited by guarantee.
  • On 1 December 2011 Open Family Australia merged with like-minded youth organisation Whitelion.

Contact Us

Open Family Australia
155 Roden Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
T. 1300 669 600
E. ofaonline@openfamily.com.au

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