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

Understanding parenting disputes after separation
Research Report— Aug 2016

Explores the behaviour of separated parents by exploring the psychology of post-separation parental disputes and then interrogating three data sets.

Establishing the connection
Guidelines— May 2016

These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug sectors to support clients.

The modern Australian family
Facts Sheet— May 2016

Explores the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older.


Partners to parents

A new website has been launched to educate couples who are expecting, or have recently had a baby.

ReachOut parents

ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers.

Family violence

Rosie Batty referred to AIFS family law research on ABC radio: read the transcript and read the report
AIFS media release: Family law changes "a step in the right direction"

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria) has released its Summary and recommendations (PDF 22 MB)

Forced adoption training

The Australian Psychological Society is providing online elearning and a series of webinars for health professionals on forced adoption. Find out more