Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.

Recent publications

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Commissioned report— Jul 2017

Report on the current state of knowledge on the impact of domestic and family violence (DFV) on parenting.

Corporate document— May 2017

The AIFS Enterprise Agreement 2017 was approved by the Fair Work Commission on 29 May 2017 and takes effect on 5 June 2017.

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Facts Sheet— May 2017

This Families Week fact sheet takes a close look at the data about "stay-at-home dads", to see if that perception matches reality.

News

Cyber security alert

As you may be aware, a large-scale ransomware campaign has impacted organisations globally. The Australian Government is closely monitoring this situation.  Situation updates as well as advice to individuals and organisations will be made available on the Australian Cyber Security Centre website as required.

If you have been affected by ransomware or require assistance please visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre website and follow the guidance on how to report an incident.

A critical review of the early childhood literature

The Department of Education and Training contracted the Australian Institute of Family Studies to undertake a critical review of the key and influential evidence on the value of preschool for three year olds, Indigenous children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and the applicability of the international evidence to the Australian context. You can access this report on the Department of Education and Training website

AIFS paper for Royal Commission

A new paper conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS provides clarity on the concept of trauma-informed care. Read the paper: Principles of trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: a discussion paper.

Family Law

New publications from the Attorney-General's Department: Parenting Orders: what you need to know and The Family Law Council final report: Families with complex needs and the intersection of the family law and child protection systems

ReachOut parents

ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers.

Forced adoption training

The Australian Psychological Society is providing online elearning and a series of webinars for health professionals on forced adoption. Find out more

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