Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.

Recent publications

Report— Apr 2016

Sets out the principles of good practice that underpin effective support services: accountability; accessibility; and effectiveness and diversity.

Flexible child care
Commissioned report— Apr 2016

To which extent is child care flexible enough to meet the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable hours?

Elder abuse: Understanding issues, frameworks and responses
Research Report— Feb 2016

This report provides a broad analysis of the issues raised by elder abuse in the Australian context.


Reports on Family Violence

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria) has released its Summary and recommendations (PDF 22 MB)

The COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children has released its Final report (PDF 4 MB)

Forced adoption

Webinar 28 April:  Understanding forced adoption - an introduction for health professionals