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

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Research Report— May 2018

This Research Report focuses on the factors associated with successful transitions from out-of-home care.

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Research Report— May 2018

This report is aimed at providing a better understanding of the needs of the carers of children who are living in out-of-home care in Australia.

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Research summaries— May 2018

This Research Snapshot focuses on the socio-demographic characteristics of foster and relative/kinship carers and aspects of their care experience.


AIFS Conference, 25-27 July 2018 

More information about the conference.

Commissioned Reports

Cradle to Kinder Evaluation Summary
The Cradle to Kinder program is an early intervention program designed to address the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Contexts of disadvantage
This report examines the association between family, neighbourhood and school level disadvantage and children’s cognitive and social outcomes.