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

Report— Nov 2020

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

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Report— Nov 2020

This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.

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Annual Report— Oct 2020

Australian Institute of Family Studies annual reports describe the research and operations of the Institute, along with highlights for the year.

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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.

Journal article— Sep 2020

This study describes the characteristics of a sample of parents who primarily smoke methamphetamine and their child or children's residential status.


Girls’ friendships are key to thriving through tough times

Findings from AIFS’ Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), also known as Growing Up in Australia, have highlighted the vital role of friendships in improving children’s – and particularly girls’ – resilience and helping them to bounce back from setbacks. For more information, see the LSAC Annual Statistical Report and this Conversation article by AIFS’ Tracy Evans-Whipp and Constantine Gasser.

Support for evaluating your programs

Reviewing your plans for the year? Get all the support you need to plan, implement and evaluate your program with help from our Families and Children (FaC) Expert Panel Project, which helps service providers to plan, implement and evaluate programs for families and children using evidence-based approaches. 

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.