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

Teenage school friends smiling to camera, close up
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017— Dec 2018

This is the eighth volume of the Annual Statistical Report series for Growing Up in Australia.

A group of teenagers sitting in a circle listening to one of the girls speaking
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

This chapter describes the past help-seeking behaviours and future help-seeking intentions of adolescents, focusing on who adolescents go to for help.

A group of highschool students walking down a corridor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

Examines the peer relationships of Australian Children around mid-adolescence and the influence of these friendships on attitudes and behaviour.

Teenagers having lunch in the cafeteria
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter provides a description of how young people are faring in relation to eating problems at 14–15 years of age.

News

Fourth Action Plan 2018–2020: Supporting families, communities and organisations to keep children safe

4 Feb 2019: The Australian Government has released its Fourth Action Plan for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020. This report has been published by the Department of Social Services. The Fourth Action Plan, National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, forms part of the critical foundation for governments and non-government organisations to work towards the safety of all children and young people in Australia. 


Adoptions Australia 2017–18

24 Jan 2019: This report highlights trends in the number of adoptions of children in Australia. The report has been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). It presents statistics for the 2017/18 period, along with trends since 1993/94, for local and intercountry adoptions and adoptions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


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