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

Happy business owner opening the door at a cafe wearing a facemask to avoid the spread of coronavirus
Research Report— Aug 2020

The sixth snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes in when, how and where we work from 1980 to today.

Closeup of hands taking money out of a wallet
Research Report— Aug 2020

The fifth snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes in household incomes and wealth and the amount of debt from 1980 to today.

Upclose rearview shot of a young couple holding hands at the beach
Research Report— Jul 2020

The fourth snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes to couple relationships from 1980 to today.

Close up of a hand holding newborn baby's hand
Research Report— Jul 2020

The third snapshot from our Families Then and Now series focuses on fertility rate and births per woman from 1980 to today.

Toddler feeding bread to her father as they have breakfast
Research Report— Jul 2020

This second snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines some of the changes in Australian households and families from 1980 to today.

Melbourne city skyline in the distance and house roofs in the foreground
Research Report— Jul 2020

This first snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes in the housing arrangements of Australian families from 1980 to today.

News

Congratulations Anne Hollonds

Everyone at AIFS is delighted for Anne Hollonds and her appointment as National Children’s Commissioner. We’re looking forward to working with her in her new role. We couldn’t think of a better voice for children and young people. Anne takes up her new role on 2 November. 


Survey: Gambling in Australia during COVID-19

June 2020: AIFS is surveying people who gamble to see how they adjusted to changes in gambling availability due to the pandemic. We want to find out what people gambled on before and during the restrictions, and how people’s gambling participation, health and wellbeing changed. To take the survey, all you need is to be 18 years old or over, living in Australia, and to have gambled in the past 12 months.


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.

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