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

Research Snapshot— Nov 2021

The LSAC Snapshot Series is made up of brief and accessible summaries of policy-relevant research findings from Growing Up in Australia.

A couple reviewing paperwork and looking through the laptop on the kitchen table
Research Report— Nov 2021

This snapshot reports on families’ experiences of financial concerns and stresses at May–June 2021, as captured in the third survey.

Teenage girl and her little brother are painting with watercolor paints.
Corporate document— Oct 2021

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

Mother sitting with baby in her lap, using laptop to check finances at home.
Research Report— Sep 2021

This report looks at the COVID early release of superannuation program, the families who accessed superannuation early and how the money was used.


Teenage girls more likely to self harm

AIFS research from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children has provided an important reminder of the potential vulnerability of children and young people to self-harm. Reporting on this research, The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to AIFS researcher Dr Pilar Rioseco and the Black Dog Institute Director Prof. Helen Christensen about the worsening mental health of young people during the pandemic and the need for preventative measures to better support young people.

The migrant women in Australia postponing their baby plans due to COVID-19

AIFS Families in Australia Survey recently released their report on the effect of the pandemic on Australian women’s fertility and plans to have children. AIFS’ own Dr Lixia Qu talked to SBS News about these findings in their special report on the baby plans of migrant women and the particular issues they have faced during COVID.