Family formation

At some stage, most people will move from being raised in a family to forming their own family or families.

Publications about Family formation

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.

Research summary— May 2017

This Families Week fact sheet takes a close look at the data about "stay-at-home dads", to see if that perception matches reality.

Australian Family Trends— Nov 2016

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

Flexible child care and Australian parents' work and care decision-making
Research Report— Nov 2016

Explores how parents make decisions about work and care, especially when faced with shift work or inflexible job conditions.

Same-sex couple families in Australia
Research summary— Sep 2016

Children raised in same-sex parented families progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the same rate as other children.

The modern Australian family
Research summary— May 2016

Explores the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older.

How many hours per week does an Australian mother spend on housework? Before having a child: 16. Became a mother: 25. Youngest child started school: 30. Youngest child turned fifteen: 28. Children left home: 25. Source: HILDA 2002-14.
Research summary— May 2016

Becoming a mother heralds a dramatic change in the lives of Australian women.

Flexible child care
Commissioned report— Apr 2016

To which extent is child care flexible enough to meet the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable hours?

The nature of living alone in Australia
Australian Family Trends— Dec 2015

What is the nature of living alone and what does it means to the individuals involved?

Living alone and personal wellbeing
Australian Family Trends— Dec 2015

How does living alone influence social connection, health behaviours and subjective wellbeing?

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?

Review of government initiatives for reconciling work and family life
Research Report— Aug 2015

A review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities.

Media release— Aug 2015

One in four Australian partnered mothers and fathers believe that the male breadwinner model is better for the family, according to new research published today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Demographics of living alone
Australian Family Trends— Mar 2015

People living alone now account for a quarter of all Australian households.

AIFS tile
Commissioned report— Jun 2014

Explores the prevalence of different types of family environments, and the influence of these environments on children's developmental outcomes.

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

Commissioned report— Dec 2013

Examines mothers' transitions into and out of work and between jobs of different types as children grow or as new children are born.

Australian mothers' participation in employment
Research Paper— Nov 2013

This paper explores the characteristics of employed and non-employed mothers, to identify the factors that contribute to differing employment levels