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

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Summary Report— Dec 2021

This report summarises the findings of a nationally representative survey of 7,000 people aged 65 and over living in community dwellings.

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Report— Dec 2021

This report presents findings from the most extensive study on elder abuse in Australia to date.

Research Snapshot— Dec 2021

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

Commissioned report— Dec 2021

This report confirms the long-term impact of Vietnam War service on family members.


Teenage girls more likely to self harm

AIFS research from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children has provided an important reminder of the potential vulnerability of children and young people to self-harm. Reporting on this research, The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to AIFS researcher Dr Pilar Rioseco and the Black Dog Institute Director Prof. Helen Christensen about the worsening mental health of young people during the pandemic and the need for preventative measures to better support young people.

The migrant women in Australia postponing their baby plans due to COVID-19

AIFS Families in Australia Survey recently released their report on the effect of the pandemic on Australian women’s fertility and plans to have children. AIFS’ own Dr Lixia Qu talked to SBS News about these findings in their special report on the baby plans of migrant women and the particular issues they have faced during COVID.