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

A father helping his daughter to ride her bicycle in their backyard.
Corporate document— Aug 2019

The AIFS Corporate Plan outlines our vision to make a profound and positive contribution to the lifetime wellbeing of Australian families.

Baby boy playing with colourful blocks
Research Report— Aug 2019

This early monitoring report is the first formal evaluation of the Commonwealth’s Child Care Package.

Commissioned report— Jun 2019

This paper provides managers and other decision-makers with practical guidance on supporting staff to work with families with complex needs

Indoor image of a serene girl thinking with blank expression and looking at camera. One person, head and shoulders, horizontal composition with copy space.
Research Report— Jun 2019

This report contains key findings from the second wave of data collection for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care.


Culture of men’s work trapping fathers

September 2019: Annabel Crabb’s recent article asks why Australia’s culture around work and parental leave means that when a family changes, it is women who change and adapt to the new reality. She draws on AIFS researcher Dr Jennifer Baxter’s work on this topic, including this graph: ‘the baldest possible visual demonstration of how differently mother and fathers experience work and family balance’.

Child care peak bodies welcome AIFS' evaluation report

August 2019: AIFS’ evaluation of the Federal Government’s Child Care Package, commissioned by the Department of Education, has been received with great interest by sector peak bodies. Sector representatives in general congratulated the government on its investment in child care and the commissioning and release of the report, while also calling for more to be done for families that continue to struggle with the high cost of child care.