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

Young mother enjoying with her son and puppy in the late evening.
Research Snapshot— Mar 2022

Looking back, looking forward presents a summary of findings on how Australian families experienced 2021 and their hopes for 2022.

Portrait of young smiling family with son playing with toy. Happy family, parenthood and people concept - mother, father with baby at home.
Research Report— Mar 2022

This report highlights the experiences of a sample of expectant and new parents in Australia during COVID-19 in 2020.

Newborn baby sleeping on bed.
Facts and Figures— Mar 2022

Figures around births in Australia: fertility rate, parents’ age, number of children, births outside marriage.

Two young children in pre-school playing with a globe.
Research Report— Mar 2022

AIFS, ANU and UNSW were commissioned to evaluate the Government’s ‘Child Care Package’ package. This report presents the results of that evaluation.


New AIFS Director appointed

The Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, has appointed the Hon Dr Sharman Stone as the new Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies for a 5-year term from 1 May 2022.

Dr Stone is currently Professor of Practice at the Gender, Peace and Security Centre, Monash University. She previously served as a Member of Parliament for 20 years up to 2016, including as Minister for Workforce Participation from 2006-2007. Dr Stone has an Honours Degree in Anthropology, a Masters in Sociology and a PhD in Economics and Business and was Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls from 2017 to 2020.

Under Dr Stone’s leadership, AIFS looks forward to continuing the important work of putting knowledge into the hands of decision makers to help improve families’ lives.