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.

News

AIFS report for Royal Commission

A new research report conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS has examined the long-term effects of disclosures of institutional child sexual abuse on survivors and their families. Read the full report: Family relationships and the disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse.

ReachOut parents

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

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

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