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

Father working from home with his son on his lap
Report— Jun 2021

This report looks at families' participation in employment and experiences of work-family balance using the second survey of the Families in Australia

Two cheerful female friends fill paper bags with food donations as they volunteer during an outdoor food drive. They are wearing protective face masks as they are volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research Report— May 2021

This report looks at connection with others - from family members living elsewhere to the local community.

Families in Australia Survey. Fast facts graphic
Research Snapshot— Apr 2021

A Year in Review presents a short summary of early findings from the Towards COVID Normal survey on how Australian families experienced 2020.

Research Snapshot— Mar 2021

The LSAC Snapshot Series is made up of brief and accessible summaries of policy-relevant research findings from Growing Up in Australia.

Report— Nov 2020

This Insights Report aims to provide a broad overview of the health of males in Australia and highlight specific concerns affecting this group.


Read AIFS’ submission to the Draft National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Feb 2021

The draft National Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a framework to guide investment in the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. In February 2021, AIFS contributed a submission to public consultations on the draft, particularly on the use of evidence and evaluation. Read the submission [PDF, 909.89 KB].

AIFS’ submission on the NDIS Outcomes Framework

Read AIFS submission [PDF, 3.68 MB] on the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Outcomes Frameworks Introductory Paper. The submission was in response to public consultations in December 2020.

Coronavirus response: Resources for families

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on family life. Children home from school, parents working from home, or out of work. Grandparents isolated. Illness and fears for health and safety. It is a stressful time, but it can also be an opportunity for families to pull together and strengthen the bonds between them.

Here are some resources that can help.