As we age, events such as children leaving home and retirement can affect our life satisfaction and wellbeing.

Publications about Ageing

Australian Family Trends— Nov 2016

Examines the views of Australians about the obligations of parents and their adult children concerning financial and accommodation support.

Family Matters— November 2016
This article provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of elder abuse in Australia.

Facts and figures— Aug 2016

Bringing together data and information from a range of key surveys, studies and projections, this series of fact sheets should assist older people, communities, governments and agencies providing services to older people in planning for the future.

Life satisfaction across life course transitions
Australian Family Trends— Sep 2015

Does life satisfaction improve or decline as people grow older? What happens to people's outlook as they pass through the common events of life?

Keeping up with information and communication technology
Australian Family Trends— Mar 2015

Older people feel left behind by technology, but so do one in ten younger Australians.

Families, policy and the law
Collection— May 2014

This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems

Child care participation and maternal employment trends in Australia
Research Report— Dec 2013

This paper explores trends in child care in Australia from 1984 to 2011, for children aged under 12 years old with employed mothers

Australian households and families
Australian Family Trends— Jul 2013

This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.

Ageing parent carers of people with a disability
Report— Oct 2012

This report presents information on parents who care for people with a disability in Victoria, focusing on the issue of ageing.

Families in Australia 2011: Sticking together in good and tough times
Research summary— Mar 2011

Report for National Families Week 2011 draws on recent statistics to provide a picture of selected aspects of Australian families in 2011

Divorce and the wellbeing of older Australians
Research Paper— Apr 2010

Using data from the HILDA survey, this article provides estimates on the impact of divorce on wellbeing for older Australians aged 55-74 years

Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms
Report— Dec 2009

The evaluation assessed the extent to which, by 2009, the changes to the family law system had been effective in achieving the policy aims

Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms: Summary report
Report— Dec 2009

This summary report provides an overview of the evaluation findings

The nature and impact of caring for family members with a disability in Australia
Research Report— Jun 2008

Based upon data from a national survey, conducted in 2006, of 1,002 carers who receive an Australian Government payment directed towards carers

Research Paper— Feb 2007

This report provides some of the first estimates of the financial consequences of divorce for Australians aged 55 to 74 years using HILDA survey data.