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

Teenage school friends smiling to camera, close up
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017— Dec 2018

This is the eighth volume of the Annual Statistical Report series for Growing Up in Australia.

A group of teenagers sitting in a circle listening to one of the girls speaking
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

This chapter describes the past help-seeking behaviours and future help-seeking intentions of adolescents, focusing on who adolescents go to for help.

A group of highschool students walking down a corridor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

Examines the peer relationships of Australian Children around mid-adolescence and the influence of these friendships on attitudes and behaviour.

Teenagers having lunch in the cafeteria
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter provides a description of how young people are faring in relation to eating problems at 14–15 years of age.

News

Government bans personal cross-examination in certain high-risk family court cases

11 March 2019: Under the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018, from 11 September 2019 personal cross-examination will be banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances, including when there are allegations of family violence.

In 2018, AIFS’ Family Law team was commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) to produce a research report on the issue.


Report measures how, and if, kids are having their needs met

28 Feb 2019: A new report, To have and to have not, from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) uses data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to reveal childhood deprivation and opportunity in Australia. 


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