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

Woman driving her car with both hands on steering wheel
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter provides a snapshot of the driving experiences of Australian teens in the very early stages of their driving careers.

Image of a young teenager sleeping
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter provides a picture of the sleep patterns of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 years old.

Betting on sports, holding smart phone with working online betting mobile application
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter describes levels of gambling involvement and gambling-related problems among 16–17 year olds and their parents.

Closeup photo of a teenage couple holding hands
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Nov 2019

This chapter provides insights into the sexual behaviours of teenagers, as well as their experiences with unwanted sexual behaviours and pornography.

News

Australia to get national online wagering Self-Exclusion Register

Nov 2019 – The Morrison Government announced it will move to legislate a national online wagering Self-Exclusion Register that will allow people to ban themselves from all online wagering sites and apps in one step. An independent baseline study by AIFS’ Australian Gambling Research Centre found that 52% of people who wager online were at risk of or already experiencing gambling-related harm. The study will allow the government to assess the effectiveness of the register and other measures designed to reduce gambling-related harms for consumers.


Culture of men’s work trapping fathers

In an August 2019 article, Annabel Crabb asked why Australia’s culture around work and parental leave means that when a family changes, it is women who change and adapt to the new reality. She drew on AIFS researcher Dr Jennifer Baxter’s work on this topic, including this graph: ‘the baldest possible visual demonstration of how differently mother and fathers experience work and family balance’.

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