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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Research Report— Jun 2019

This report contains key findings from the second wave of data collection for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care.

Research Report— Jun 2019

This is the third and final research report for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal study on Leaving Care and describes the key findings from the third wave.

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Guidelines— Jun 2019

The purpose of this guide is to help in the implementation of evidence-informed programs and practices in the child and family service sector.

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Research summary— Jun 2019

This article is adapted from a presentation given at the AIFS 2018 Conference: Fathers at Work symposium.

News

Footballers finding sports betting hard to resist

June 2019: News media around Australia were quick to point out the paradox in the AFL’s suspension of Collingwood player Jaidyn Stephenson on June 19 for match betting. Citing findings from the AGRC’s Weighing Up the Odds report, Tasmania’s Examiner editorialised: ‘[The AFL] encourage gambling and then are surprised when one of their players is sucked into the vacuum’.


Birth of a child not affecting men’s paid employment patterns

28 May 2019: New research from AIFS shows that while mothers’ employment alters dramatically after having a child, fathers’ employment remains virtually unchanged. Fathers are spending time on parenting and child care, but they are fitting it in around their paid employment.

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