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

Children living in “complex” households
LSAC ASR 2015 chapter— Oct 2016

Around 43 per cent of children under the age of 13 grow up in complex families.

Parents' choice of primary school
LSAC ASR 2015 chapter— Sep 2016

69% of Australian primary school children attend government schools, 19% attend Catholic primary schools and 12% attend independent primary schools.

Australian children’s screen time and participation in extracurricular activities
LSAC ASR 2015 chapter— Sep 2016

A majority of Australian children are spending more than the recommended two-hour daily limit for screen time.


AIFS report for Royal Commission

A new research report conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS has examined the long-term effects of disclosures of institutional child sexual abuse on survivors and their families. Read the full report: Family relationships and the disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse.

ReachOut parents

ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers.

Forced adoption training

The Australian Psychological Society is providing online elearning and a series of webinars for health professionals on forced adoption. Find out more


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