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.
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.
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Culture of men’s work trapping fathers — Sep 2019
Stop blaming parents, experts say — Jul 2019
Work-family conflict on the rise for fathers — Jun 2019
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