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.
11 March 2019: Under the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018, from 11 September 2019 personal cross-examination will be banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances, including when there are allegations of family violence.
In 2018, AIFS’ Family Law team was commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) to produce a research report on the issue.
Report measures how, and if, kids are having their needs met
28 Feb 2019: A new report, To have and to have not, from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) uses data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to reveal childhood deprivation and opportunity in Australia.
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AIFS in the news
Girls influenced by fathers' drinking - Feb 2019
Teens turn to parents and friends for help - Nov 2018
Why smacking children is harmful - Nov 2018
Mates keep bullies away - Nov 2018
Dieting a weight on teenage minds - Oct 2018
Family separation leading to housing stress - Oct 2018
Concussion rates of teen boys a concern - Oct 2018
Divorce legacy lingers in older age - July 2018
New estimates of costs of raising children - Apr 2018
Stay-at-home dads: Rare but on the rise - Apr 2018
Poker players at risk of problem gambling - Feb 2018
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