Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.

Recent publications

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Research summaries— Sep 2017

Our study shows that long hours, non-standard work times and work pressures have significant impact on how children view time spent with their father.

LSAC ASR 2016
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2016— Aug 2017

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

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LSAC ASR 2016 chapter— Aug 2017

This chapter explores the employment of teens at 12-13 and 14-15 years, by looking at the percentage who worked in the previous year.

News

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A critical review of the early childhood literature

The Department of Education and Training contracted the Australian Institute of Family Studies to undertake a critical review of the key and influential evidence on the value of preschool for three year olds, Indigenous children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and the applicability of the international evidence to the Australian context. You can access this report on the Department of Education and Training website

AIFS paper for Royal Commission

A new paper conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS provides clarity on the concept of trauma-informed care. Read the paper: Principles of trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: a discussion paper.

Family Law

New publications from the Attorney-General's Department: Parenting Orders: what you need to know and The Family Law Council final report: Families with complex needs and the intersection of the family law and child protection systems

ReachOut parents

ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers.

Forced adoption training

The Australian Psychological Society is providing online elearning and a series of webinars for health professionals on forced adoption. Find out more.

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