Australian Institute of Family Studies

We are the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. We conduct research to increase the understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.

Recent publications

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Report— Sep 2020

This report looks at how COVID-19 affected our recreational and 'spare time' activities and how we spent time with our family, alone and with others.

Report— Sep 2020

This insights report aims to provide a broad overview of the health of males in Australia and highlight specific concerns affecting this group.

Father and daughter using tablet
Report— Sep 2020

This report shows how due to the COVID-19 pandemic many dads were available to spend more time with their kids than usual.

Young father working from home on his laptop with his baby in his lap
Corporate document— Aug 2020

The AIFS Corporate Plan outlines our vision to make a profound and positive contribution to the lifetime wellbeing of Australian families.

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Report— Aug 2020

This report looks at how we helped, and were helped by relatives, friends, community groups and professionals during the pandemic.


Ten to Men puts the spotlight on men’s mental health

September 2020: In any year, 15% of men will experience a mental health issue, most commonly anxiety or depression, but only a quarter of these men will seek professional help. AIFS Director Anne Hollonds and  Dr Galina Daraganova discuss risk factors for depression and barriers men face in seeking help. These findings are part of the first instalment of Ten to Men Insights focused on the health of males in Australia and highlighting specific concerns affecting this group.

Congratulations Anne Hollonds

Everyone at AIFS is delighted for Anne Hollonds and her appointment as National Children’s Commissioner. We’re looking forward to working with her in her new role. We couldn’t think of a better voice for children and young people. Anne takes up her new role on 2 November. 

Coronavirus response: Resources for families

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on family life. Children home from school, parents working from home, or out of work. Grandparents isolated. Illness and fears for health and safety. It is a stressful time, but it can also be an opportunity for families to pull together and strengthen the bonds between them.

Here are some resources that can help.