Information Publication Scheme

The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) transforms the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires Australian Government agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. Commencing on 1 May 201, the scheme: 

  • requires Australian Government agencies to publish information publication plans
  • specifies categories of information that must be published
  • provides a means for agencies to proactively publish other government information.

Further information on the IPS is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

Information published under the scheme

The Institute has developed an Information Publication Scheme Agency Plan which outlines how we will meet the Information Publication Scheme requirements. The plan states that AIFS will publish particular documents under the following headings:

Who we are

What we do

Our reports and responses to Parliament

These are available on our corporate information page.

Routine requested information and disclosure log

AIFS will clearly identify in our disclosure log any documents that have been released in response to FOI requests. This requires us to publish information contained in those documents.

Contact us

To access AIFS information or documents under the FOI Act please contact the FOI Contact Officer or phone on 03 9214 7888.

Our priorities

These are detailed in our Strategic Plan and Research Plan.

Our finances

The Institute’s budget and supplementary budget statements are incorporated in our portfolio Department - Social Services. Links are available on our Corporate information page.

Our people

Our lists

Our submissions

Submissions made by AIFS to Parliamentary committees, the Productivity Commissioner, the Australian Law Reform Commission and other agencies.


Are available from the publications section of our website. In order to make the works widely available, they are published in HTML, PDF and EPUB formats where possible.

While most of the works have been published by AIFS, some have been commissioned and/or published by others.

Monographs that are out-of-print are available through your library, the AIFS library or via an interlibrary loan.

If you wish to have access to any of the documents in the list below which are not available online, please contact us.

Documents not available online
Document title Date
AIFS annual reports Prior to 1996
Family Matters
(previously Newsletter of the Australian Institute of Family Studies)
Prior to 1991

AIFS Library

The AIFS Library holds an extensive collection of books, reports and journals related to families, including copies of all our publications.

We participate in the Commonwealth Library Deposit and Free Issue Schemes (LDS) and contribute to the Pandora Archive.


If you need assistance because the information on this website is not available in a format you can access, please contact us for an alternative accessible format. Further information on accessibility.


Please contact us if you would like to provide comments on our Information Publication Scheme, particularly in relation to documents that are not discoverable, understandable or machine-readable. 

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