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

Commissioned report— Jun 2019

This paper provides managers and other decision-makers with practical guidance on supporting staff to work with families with complex needs

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Research Report— Jun 2019

This report contains key findings from the second wave of data collection for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care.

Research Report— Jun 2019

This is the third and final research report for Beyond 18: The Longitudinal study on Leaving Care and describes the key findings from the third wave.


Experts propose reforms to family law system

June 2019: The Australian Law Reform Commission’s sweeping review of the family law system has placed the reform of the family law system at the top of Attorney-General Christian Porter’s agenda.

On 6 June, a panel featuring some of the country’s leading experts in family law discussed what should be done to fix the system. It was facilitated by ABC Radio National's Law Report host Damien Carrick, with special guest speaker Chief Justice of the Family Court the Hon. William Alstegren. Go to the ABC Radio National website to download the audio.

Footballers finding sports betting hard to resist

June 2019: News media around Australia were quick to point out the paradox in the AFL’s suspension of Collingwood player Jaidyn Stephenson on June 19 for match betting. Citing findings from the AGRC’s Weighing Up the Odds report, Tasmania’s Examiner  editorialised : ‘[The AFL] encourage gambling and then are surprised when one of their players is sucked into the vacuum’.