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

Corporate document— Aug 2018

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

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Research Report— Aug 2018

This Research Report aims to share participants’ strategies and approaches for identifying and responding to local community needs.

Report— Jun 2018

This report explores quantitative and qualitative data relevant to direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants in family law matters

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Research Report— Jun 2018

This Research Report investigates the experiences and needs of young people whose parents have separated and have accessed the family law system.


Scam warning

Occasionally, members of the public report to us that they have been contacted by scammers pretending to be from the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

AIFS conducts telephone interviews for research projects from time to time, but calls are not made ‘out of the blue’.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from AIFS, ask them their name and their research project. Then tell them that you would like to check their identity and call us on 1800 352 275 (9am–5pm, Mon–Fri).

Children and young people in separated families: Family law system experiences and needs

Young people say the family law system is not listening to them or responding adequately to their needs.

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