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

Corporate document— Aug 2018

The AIFS Agency Plan outlines our vision to make a profound and positive contribution to the lifetime wellbeing of Australian families.

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Research Report— Aug 2018

This Research Report aims to share participants’ strategies and approaches for identifying and responding to local community needs.

Report— Jun 2018

This report explores quantitative and qualitative data relevant to direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants in family law matters


Child Protection Week - Royal Commissioner speaks
Robert Fitzgerald AM spent five years on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He shared with us some of what he learned.

Children and young people in separated families: Family law system experiences and needs
Young people say the family law system is not listening to them or responding adequately to their needs.

Weighing up the odds: Sports betting and young men
Study finds that 70% of young men who gamble on sport are at risk of, or experiencing, gambling harm.

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