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.

Families Week 2018

We’ve updated our popular Facts and Figures with some of the latest family data to celebrate Families Week, 15–21 May 2018.
See what’s new with us and how we’ve changed over the years.

Recent publications

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Research Report— May 2018

This report is aimed at providing a better understanding of the needs of the carers of children who are living in out-of-home care in Australia.

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Research summaries— May 2018

This Research Snapshot focuses on the socio-demographic characteristics of foster and relative/kinship carers and aspects of their care experience.

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Research summaries— May 2018

This Research Snapshot focuses on carers' reports on their access to and views on service support.


AIFS Conference, 25-27 July 2018 

More information about the conference.

Commissioned Reports

Cradle to Kinder Evaluation Summary
The Cradle to Kinder program is an early intervention program designed to address the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Contexts of disadvantage
This report examines the association between family, neighbourhood and school level disadvantage and children’s cognitive and social outcomes.