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

Mother sitting with baby in her lap, using laptop to check finances at home.
Research Report— Sep 2021

This report looks at the COVID early release of superannuation program, the families who accessed superannuation early and how the money was used.

Research Snapshot— Sep 2021

The LSAC Snapshot Series is made up of brief and accessible summaries of policy-relevant research findings from Growing Up in Australia.

Multi-ethnic couple doing chores cleaning home bathroom
Research Report— Sep 2021

This paper presents an overview of reports on sharing housework at different times during 2020 from couples who live together and changes.

Grandfather and grandson playing in backyard with gardening tools
Corporate document— Aug 2021

The AIFS Corporate Plan 2021 outlines our vision to make a profound and positive contribution to the lifetime wellbeing of Australian families.


Growing awareness of elder abuse

June 15 was Elder Abuse Awareness Day and this article in The Senior talks to some of those in government and organisations raising the profile of elder abuse. One important component of this is the elder abuse national prevalence study, conducted by AIFS, with a report due out later this year. 

Read AIFS’ submission to the Draft National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Feb 2021

The draft National Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a framework to guide investment in the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. In February 2021, AIFS contributed a submission to public consultations on the draft, particularly on the use of evidence and evaluation. Read the submission [PDF, 909.89 KB].