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

Pregnant mother exercising at the beach, holding her toddler's son hand by the sea, during sunset.
Research Report— Jul 2021

This report explores the impacts of COVID-19 on women who were expecting or planning to have a child, and the effect on women’s future plans.

A girl and her grandma sitting on a sofa and smiling at the camera
Research Report— Jun 2021

This report looks at families' experiences of child care, and includes reports on how use was affected by COVID-related restrictions.

Father working from home with his son on his lap
Research Report— Jun 2021

This report looks at families' participation in employment and experiences of work-family balance using the second survey of the Families in Australia

Two cheerful female friends fill paper bags with food donations as they volunteer during an outdoor food drive. They are wearing protective face masks as they are volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research Report— May 2021

This report looks at connection with others - from family members living elsewhere to the local community.

Commissioned report— Apr 2021

This resource gives an overview of forced adoption, describing how the experience may affect an individual and the way in which they use your service.


Growing awareness of elder abuse

June 15 was Elder Abuse Awareness Day and this article in The Senior talks to some of those in government and organisations raising the profile of elder abuse. One important component of this is the elder abuse national prevalence study, conducted by AIFS, with a report due out later this year. 

Read AIFS’ submission to the Draft National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Feb 2021

The draft National Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a framework to guide investment in the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. In February 2021, AIFS contributed a submission to public consultations on the draft, particularly on the use of evidence and evaluation. Read the submission [PDF, 909.89 KB].

AIFS’ submission on the NDIS Outcomes Framework

Read AIFS submission [PDF, 3.68 MB] on the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Outcomes Frameworks Introductory Paper. The submission was in response to public consultations in December 2020.