Alan Hayes

Alan Hayes

Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director of the Family Action Centre
University of Newcastle
BA(Hons) (UNSW), PhD (Macq), FAPsS, FAmPsyS

Professor Alan Hayes AM was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies from September 2004 to June 2015. As of July 2013, he became responsible for the operation of the Australian Gambling Research Centre, an Australian Government initiative established within the Institute.

Professor Hayes holds a professorial appointment at Macquarie University, Sydney, where he was also foundation Dean and Head of Division at the then Australian Centre for Education Studies (ACES).

With qualifications in Psychology, he has research and policy interests in the pathways children and their families take through life, and the role of families in supporting and sustaining development across life. The role of vulnerability and resilience in shaping developmental pathways has been a particular focus. Much of his work has focused on disadvantage, with a longstanding interest in prevention and early intervention. The impact of relationship breakdown on children is a particular interest, and the factors that facilitate access to opportunity continue to be a key focus.

Currently, he is a member of the Australian Government’s Civil Justice System Evidence Base Working Group, the Longitudinal Studies Advisory Group (LSAG), the Turning Point Strategic Directions Advisory Committee, the Child Aware Approaches National Initiative Steering Group, the Southern Cross University Centre for Children and Young People Advisory Board; as well as the Chief Justice’s Family Law Forum, the National Advisory Board of the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia, and an inaugural member of the APS200 Leadership Forum. He is also Chair of the Children and Families Research Centre (CFRC) Advisory Board for the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University.

He has been the chair, deputy chair or a member of four Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Councils, including the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Council (CCCAC) (Member); the Australian Council for Children and Parenting (ACCAP) (Chair); the former Stronger Families and Communities Strategy (SFCS) Partnership - now the Family Support Program (FSP) (Deputy Chair); and the Australian Families and Children Council (AFCC) (Member). For the NSW Government, he chaired the committee that successfully established the Institute of Teachers in 2004 and was a member for several years of the NSW Child Protection Council.

An Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin and the Pennsylvania State University.

Since 2007, he has been an Ambassador for National Families Week.

Professor Hayes was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to the social sciences through the Australian Institute of Family Studies, as a contributor to policy research, and as an academic and author.

Selected publications

Hayes, A., & Higgins, D. J. (2014) (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hayes, A., & Higgins, D. (2014). Weaving a common narrative: An introduction to essays on families, policy and the law in Australia. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hayes, A., & Higgins, D. (2014). Complex family issues: Collective awareness, common narratives and coordinated approaches to promoting resilience. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hayes, A. (2014). Social science and family law: From fallacies and fads to the facts of the matter. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hayes, A., Baxter, J., et al. (2014). Work and family approaches in Australia. In Griffith, J. (Ed.), Family Futures (pp. 187–190).  UK. Tudor Rose.

Baxter, J., Gray, M., Hand, K., & Hayes, A. (2013). Parental joblessness, financial disadvantage and the wellbeing of parents and children. FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No. 48. Canberra: FaHCSIA

Moloney, L., Weston, R., & Hayes, A. (2013). Key social issues in the development of Australian family law: Research and its impact on policy and practice violence. Journal of Family Studies, 19 (2), 110-138.

Baxter, J., Higgins, D., & Hayes, A. (2012) Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn. Facts Sheet. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter, J., Qu, L., Weston, R., Moloney, L., & Hayes, A. (2012) Experiences and effects of life events : evidence from two Australian longitudinal studies. Family Matters 90. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

 Bowes, J., Grace, R., & Hayes, A. (2012). The role of context in children's development. In Bowes, J., Grace, R., & Hodge, K. (Eds.) Children, families and communities: Contexts and consequences, 4th ed. (pp. 3-16). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.