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

Family matters— Apr 2018

This article summarises new research on the costs of children conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

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Research Report— Apr 2018

This report provides an analysis on the number of stay-at-home fathers in Australia, their characteristics and the characteristics of their families.

Research summaries— Dec 2017

This Research Summary explores participants' risk of psychological distress shortly after arrival in Australia and at annual interviews after that.


AIFS Conference, 25-27 July 2018 

Program is now available.
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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.