AIFS 2018 Conference highlights

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed it and got deeper insight into the latest research and happenings around the world.
  • Elly Robinson Tweet – Robert Fitzgerald: after Royal Commission, "I see children differently", as having capacity to live great lives and systems need to help them achieve that. Not see them through. deficit lens #aifsconf
  • I've never attended a conference which has opened my mind and challenged my thinking as much as that. It was so interesting on both a personal and professional level.

The 15th Biennial AIFS Conference: Melbourne Convention Centre July 25–27 2018

The three-day AIFS 2018 Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was a great success, attracting a phenomenal 650 participants – a 40% increase on 2016’s conference – with 245 speakers across a packed program with breadth and depth.

Selected sessions of the conference were filmed and we share them here. Keep an eye on this page as we will continue to add to it over the coming weeks with a variety of content and media from the conference.

Thank you to all our presenters, delegates, exhibitors, keynote speakers and sponsors for making the AIFS 2018 Conference our best yet. 

Conference videos

International guest speaker Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family Canada, shares how Canada supports families and family life.
International guest speaker Professor Brigid Featherstone explores how adopting a new story might support more hopeful and socially just policies and practices.
Panel plenary session – System reform: Is it dead?
Writer, journalist and broadcaster Madonna King leads a Q&A panel discussion on the ideal vs the reality of system reform in Australia.
AIFS Director Anne Hollonds facilitates a discussion with two leading thinkers about whether using evidence from the behavioural sciences can help Australian families.


The AIFS 2018 Conference has now concluded.

Presentation slides are available upon request.

Please contact us if you would like copies of specific presentations from the conference.

To review the conference program, you can still visit the conference website

Watch this space for more details on the AIFS 2020 Conference!

Facebook Live interviews

Screenshot of a Facebook Live 2018 AIFS conference Facebiij  Morwynn Carlow and Nora Spinks

We’ve updated our post-AIFS 2018 Conference page with the Facebook Live interviews we recorded with some of the guest speakers following keynote addresses and plenary panels. They offer further insights into the great discussions that were had on stage.

Nora Spinks

Dr John Hewson and Professor Janeen Baxter

Professor Brigid Featherstone

Adjunct Prof Muriel Bamblett AM and Robert Fitzgerald AM

Dr Nicholas Gruen and Sam Hannah-Rankin

Benjamin Law and Jamila Rizvi

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