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

Families in Australia Survey. Fast facts graphic
Research Snapshot— Apr 2021

A Year in Review presents a short summary of early findings from the Towards COVID Normal survey on how Australian families experienced 2020.

Research Snapshot— Mar 2021

The LSAC Snapshot Series is made up of brief and accessible summaries of policy-relevant research findings from Growing Up in Australia.

Report— Nov 2020

This Insights Report aims to provide a broad overview of the health of males in Australia and highlight specific concerns affecting this group.

Businessman withdrawing cash from a bank's ATM
Report— Nov 2020

This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.

Photo of a man working from home, with his sons keeping him company, having a video conference call
Annual Report— Oct 2020

Australian Institute of Family Studies annual reports describe the research and operations of the Institute, along with highlights for the year.


Read AIFS’ submission to the Draft National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Feb 2021

The draft National Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a framework to guide investment in the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. In February 2021, AIFS contributed a submission to public consultations on the draft, particularly on the use of evidence and evaluation. Read the submission [PDF, 909.89 KB].

AIFS’ submission on the NDIS Outcomes Framework

Read AIFS submission [PDF, 3.68 MB] on the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Outcomes Frameworks Introductory Paper. The submission was in response to public consultations in December 2020.

Coronavirus response: Resources for families

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on family life. Children home from school, parents working from home, or out of work. Grandparents isolated. Illness and fears for health and safety. It is a stressful time, but it can also be an opportunity for families to pull together and strengthen the bonds between them.

Here are some resources that can help.