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

Report— Nov 2020

This Insights Report aims to provide a broad overview of the health of males in Australia and highlight specific concerns affecting this group.

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Report— Nov 2020

This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.

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Annual Report— Oct 2020

Australian Institute of Family Studies annual reports describe the research and operations of the Institute, along with highlights for the year.

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Report— Sep 2020

This report looks at how COVID-19 affected our recreational and 'spare time' activities and how we spent time with our family, alone and with others.

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Report— Sep 2020

This report shows how due to the COVID-19 pandemic many dads were available to spend more time with their kids than usual.


Welcome Andrew Whitecross

We are delighted to welcome Andrew Whitecross as AIFS’ new Acting Director. Andrew is passionate about bringing insights from research and policy analysis together in well-designed social policy and programs for Australian families.

AGRC survey reveals young men betting more in lockdown

October 2020: The Australian Gambling Research Centre’s survey on gambling during COVID-19 has shown that young male gamblers spent more in lockdown and they were doing it online (with one in three signing up for new online betting accounts). Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, AGRC manager, at the Australian Institute of Family Studies discussed the results and their implications with ABC Radio Melbourne.

Coronavirus response: Resources for families

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on family life. Children home from school, parents working from home, or out of work. Grandparents isolated. Illness and fears for health and safety. It is a stressful time, but it can also be an opportunity for families to pull together and strengthen the bonds between them.

Here are some resources that can help.