SibAwareTM is a national accreditation program designed to enhance connections between organizations and siblings by setting standards for comprehensive family support, thereby improving recognition, credibility, and inclusivity for organisations dedicated to addressing the needs of siblings.

Elevate Your Organization with SibAware Accreditation

Transforming the way organizations support families, the SibAware accreditation program helps empower organizations to forge stronger bonds with siblings in need. By streamlining the search process, it becomes significantly easier for families to connect with support networks committed to inclusive support. This initiative not only enhances the outreach and care provided to siblings but also ensures the needs of every family member are comprehensively addressed.

Are you a professional in the health, education or disability space?

If you are, it’s almost certain that you and your organisation will come into contact with siblings.

1. Enhanced Awareness and Connection:
• SibAware accreditation opens doors to improved awareness and understanding of the unique challenges faced by siblings.
• Strengthen your organization’s ability to connect with and support siblings, fostering a more inclusive and empathetic environment.

2. Credibility Through Compliance:
• Achieve accreditation by meeting rigorous SibAware standards, showcasing your organisation’s commitment to excellence in sibling support.
• Enhance your credibility among stakeholders, partners, and the community by aligning with recognized best practices.

3. Efficiency in Recognition:
• SibAware simplifies the identification process for families seeking support, ensuring they find organisations truly committed to a whole-of-family approach.
• Save time and resources by streamlining your organisation’s recognition and connection with the sibling community.

4. Positive Impact on Mission and Values:
• Demonstrate a genuine commitment to social responsibility and community impact by embracing SibAware accreditation.
• Align your organisation’s mission and values with a program that makes a tangible difference in the lives of families nationwide.

  • Tailored for busy professionals, SibAware provides a straightforward accreditation process that respects your time constraints.
  • Stay ahead in your field by being part of a network that prioritises inclusivity and recognises organisations committed to sibling well-being.
Elevate your organisation to new heights with SibAware accreditation — where connectivity, support, and excellence converge.


In the pursuit of clearly demonstrating your commitment to providing holistic support, SibAware accreditation showcases your organisation’s commitment to whole-of-family support. Achieving accreditation not only enhances your support standards but also streamlines recognition for families seeking specialised assistance. Designed with efficiency for busy professionals in mind, SibAware ensures your organisation stays at the forefront of sibling support, making a meaningful impact in the lives of those you serve.

SibAware Principles

SibAware Pillars


This guide has been developed through Siblings Australia’s engagement with both families and professionals over more than 25 years, and available research evidence. The organisation has a commitment to evidence-based practice, sector-wide collaboration, and stakeholder engagement.

We thank the adult siblings, parents, and service providers who have shared their stories and added to the growing understanding of sibling needs over time.

A note on language

The term ‘disability’ in this context is used to refer to any chronic disability, illness, or developmental delay.

In this guide, the term ‘sibling/s’ is used only for the child/adult without disability. The term ‘brother/sister’, is used for the child/adult with disability. We also acknowledge the binary nature of the terms ‘brother/sister’ and hope that people who use the document will adjust their language accordingly.

We will refer at times to sibling relationships which in this context, means the relationship between both the child with and without disability.

Throughout the guide, the term ‘provider’ is used to refer to both individual providers of services as well as organisations that provide services to people with disability and their families.

Privacy/Confidentiality/Informed Consent

The guidelines are based on the assumption that permission and consent are sought, whenever possible, on an individual basis from the person with disability.

It cannot be assumed that all sibling relationships are to be considered safe, appropriate, or that the person with a disability wants to have a relationship with their sibling. Individuals with disability may have sound reasons to exclude one/more siblings in one or more domains of their life.

Respect for the voice and wishes of the individual with disability comes first.

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