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

A multi-ethnic group of high school students are outdoors on a summer day. One girl is taking a selfie with the group.
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018— Dec 2019

This is the ninth volume in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report series, which uses data from the last seven waves of the study.

Teen girl sitting in a classroom looking pensive
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter uses data to examine what issues concern Australian children and whether these worries change as they move from being 'tween' to 'teen'.

Woman driving her car with both hands on steering wheel
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter provides a snapshot of the driving experiences of Australian teens in the very early stages of their driving careers.

Image of a young teenager sleeping
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter— Dec 2019

This chapter provides a picture of the sleep patterns of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 years old.

News

Promoting genuine partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island organisations 

Feb 2020 – SNAICC, the national non-government peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, has developed three new resources to help build partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations engaged in child and family service delivery. 

The resources include two new information resources –  an introductory guide to partnerships and a guide to applying for funding - and an audit tool for for measuring progress towards achieving partnership goals.


Australia to get national online wagering Self-Exclusion Register

Nov 2019 – The Morrison Government announced it will move to legislate a national online wagering Self-Exclusion Register that will allow people to ban themselves from all online wagering sites and apps in one step. An independent baseline study by AIFS’ Australian Gambling Research Centre found that 52% of people who wager online were at risk of or already experiencing gambling-related harm. The study will allow the government to assess the effectiveness of the register and other measures designed to reduce gambling-related harms for consumers.

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