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.
Survey: Gambling in Australia during COVID-19
June 2020: AIFS is surveying people who gamble to see how they adjusted to changes in gambling availability due to the pandemic. We want to find out what people gambled on before and during the restrictions, and how people’s gambling participation, health and wellbeing changed. To take the survey, all you need is to be 18 years old or over, living in Australia, and to have gambled in the past 12 months.
Hope that people at risk of gambling harm will use pokies closures to kick the habit
April 2020: With pokies venues closed due to coronavirus restrictions, there is hope that some people at risk of gambling harm will be able to kick the habit. However AIFS researcher Dr Rebecca Jenkinson cautioned that ‘this is also a time of great uncertainly, anxiety and stress for people’, which can leave people vulnerable to gambling harms. ‘We do know that the greatest harm associated with gambling is related to poker machines, absolutely. But there is concern that some people – particularly those at risk of gambling-related harm – might fill the gap left by the pokies with sports betting, lotto tickets or even online poker machine games, which are illegal in Australia.’
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.
AIFS in the news
Coronavirus response: Resources for families — Apr 2020
Safe on our roads? Teens and risky driving — Dec 2019
Australian teens not getting enough sleep — Dec 2019
Gambling activity among Australian teenagers — Dec 2019
Sex and romance in the teen years — Nov 2019
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