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.
Birth of a child not affecting men’s paid employment patterns
28 May 2019: New research from AIFS shows that while mothers’ employment alters dramatically after having a child, fathers’ employment remains virtually unchanged. Fathers are spending time on parenting and child care, but they are fitting it in around their paid employment.
Exploring family trends with new Facts & Figures
14 May 2019: To mark National Families Week, celebrated each year from 15 to 21 May, AIFS produced four new fact sheets about trends in modern Australian families. The four included an analysis of the growing trend for young people to stay at home with their parents into adulthood, and a snapshot of divorce trends that showed that while divorces are trending down, more couples are divorcing later in life.
AIFS in the news
Work-family conflict on the rise for fathers — Jun 2019
Girls influenced by fathers' drinking — Feb 2019
Teens turn to parents and friends for help — Nov 2018
Why smacking children is harmful — Nov 2018
Mates keep bullies away — Nov 2018
Dieting a weight on teenage minds — Oct 2018
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