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— Aug 2019

This early monitoring report is the first formal evaluation of the Commonwealth’s Child Care Package.

Commissioned report— Jun 2019

This paper provides managers and other decision-makers with practical guidance on supporting staff to work with families with complex needs

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Research Report— Jun 2019

This report contains key findings from the second wave of data collection for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care.

Research Report— Jun 2019

This is the third and final research report for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal study on Leaving Care and describes the key findings from the third wave.


Vale Allison

It is with great sadness that we inform the AIFS community of the tragic and sudden death of Associate Professor Allison Milner, from the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health.

Allison joined Ten to Men’s Scientific Advisory Group in 2018. A young and accomplished researcher, she was a rising star and had a promising career ahead of her. Her passion, commitment and astute intellect in men’s health, in particular mental health and suicide were outstanding. Words cannot express the sorrow we are feeling.

Our hearts are with Allison’s family at this time, in particular her husband and two boys.

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Multi-generational households on the increase

July 2019: The Sydney Morning Herald, citing AIFS research and AIFS Director Anne Hollonds, reported that a range of factors, including rising house prices, economic changes and Australia’s increasingly multicultural society, are contributing to a rising trend of adult children living with their parents.