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

Settlement experiences of recently arrived humanitarian migrants
Facts Sheet— Jan 2016

Wave 1 findings from the Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) longitudinal study.

The nature of living alone in Australia
Australian Family Trends— Dec 2015

What is the nature of living alone and what does it means to the individuals involved?

Living alone and personal wellbeing
Australian Family Trends— Dec 2015

How does living alone influence social connection, health behaviours and subjective wellbeing?

AIFS podcasts

Leading researchers discuss significant issues affecting Australian families.

Explore our featured podcasts


Protecting children

Children's exposure to domestic and family violence -  a "double whammy" of abuse and disadvantage for children

Resources to support key strategies of the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children