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

A multi-ethnic group of high school students are outdoors on a summer day. One girl is taking a selfie with the group.
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018— Dec 2019

This is the ninth volume in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report series, which uses data from the last seven waves of the study.

Teen girl sitting in a classroom looking pensive
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter uses data to examine what issues concern Australian children and whether these worries change as they move from being 'tween' to 'teen'.

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.


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’.