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

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Facts Sheet— May 2017

This Families Week fact sheet takes a close look at the data about "stay-at-home dads", to see if that perception matches reality.

Commissioned report— Jan 2017

Best practice guidance on how support services can develop and maintain networks that are positive, sustainable, and work to meet client needs.

Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities
Closing the Gap— Dec 2016

Investigates the effectiveness of current mainstream, international, and Indigenous prevention programs and identifies principles of success.

News

AIFS paper for Royal Commission

A new paper conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS provides clarity on the concept of trauma-informed care. Read the paper: Principles of trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: a discussion paper.

Family Law

New publications from the Attorney-General's Department: Parenting Orders: what you need to know and The Family Law Council final report: Families with complex needs and the intersection of the family law and child protection systems

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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