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

The modern Australian family
Facts Sheet— May 2016

Explores the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older.

Report— Apr 2016

Sets out the principles of good practice that underpin effective support services: accountability; accessibility; and effectiveness and diversity.

Flexible child care
Commissioned report— Apr 2016

To which extent is child care flexible enough to meet the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable hours?


ReachOut Parents

ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers

Family violence

Rosie Batty referred to AIFS family law research on ABC radio: read the transcript and read the report
AIFS media release: Family law changes "a step in the right direction"

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria) has released its Summary and recommendations (PDF 22 MB)

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