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

Teenage school friends smiling to camera, close up
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017— Dec 2018

This is the eighth volume of the Annual Statistical Report series for Growing Up in Australia.

A group of teenagers sitting in a circle listening to one of the girls speaking
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

This chapter describes the past help-seeking behaviours and future help-seeking intentions of adolescents, focusing on who adolescents go to for help.

A group of highschool students walking down a corridor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

Examines the peer relationships of Australian Children around mid-adolescence and the influence of these friendships on attitudes and behaviour.

Teenagers having lunch in the cafeteria
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter provides a description of how young people are faring in relation to eating problems at 14–15 years of age.


New principles to help child-safe organisations keep children safe from harm

21 Feb 2019: A national set of principles, for organisations that work with children was released this month by the National Office for Child Safety. The aim of the principles is to foster children’s wellbeing in institutional settings, and keep them safe from harm.

The principles provide a nationally consistent approach to cultivating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing. They were prompted by recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and they have been endorsed by all Australian Governments.

The National Office for Child Safety will be leading the national coordination and implementation of the principles, working with states and territories and the non-government sector.

The Office of the National Children’s Commissioner has developed a range of resources, including a self-assessment tool and checklist, that can be accessed on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Child Safe Organisations website.

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