Information Publication Scheme and Agency Plan


The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS or the Institute) is an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) requirements. The Scheme requires that Agencies publish a range of information on their website.
Further information regarding the IPS scheme can be found on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Information required to be published under the IPS

Who we are

The AIFS Executive team consists of the Director and two Deputy Directors.

We are located at level 4, 40 City Road, Southbank, 3006.

Statutory Appointments

The Director of the Institute is a statutory appointment under the Family Law Act (1975). The AIFS Statement of Intent can be located on the AIFS Corporate Information page.

Details of  AIFS Committees can be found on the AIFS Committees page.

What we do

AIFS is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

AIFS is a research organisation. It does not administer government programs or exercise executive power.

The Institute was established in February 1980 under the Australian Family Law Act 1975. The Act sets out the Institute’s role, functions and governance arrangements.

Our reports and responses to parliament

AIFS publishes a yearly Corporate Plan and Annual Report.

AIFS’ Department File Lists are published here (Senate Order 8).

AIFS’ contracts over $100,000 are available here by using the Contract Notice reporting feature (Senate Order 9).

We also produce research submissions to government enquiries and reviews.

Routinely requested information and disclosure log

AIFS will clearly identify in our disclosure log any documents that have been released in response to FOI requests.

To access AIFS information or documents under FOI, please contact our FOI Officer or phone us on (03) 9214 788 and ask for the FOI Officer.

Consultation arrangements

AIFS is not a policy agency and is not involved in creating government policy. Therefore, there are no arrangements in place for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals. However, we welcome comments, feedback or enquiries regarding AIFS work. You can get in touch with us via our Contact us page.

Our priorities:

These are detailed in the AIFS Agency Plan.

Our finances

The Institute’s Budget and supplementary budget papers are incorporated in our Portfolio Department, the Department of Social Services. Further accountability documents, can be found on our Corporate Information page.  The Agency’s Enterprise Agreement 2017 can be viewed here.

Our lists

AIFS routinely provides information in response to Senate orders, including:  the Senate order for the production of Indexed lists of Departmental and Agency Files (Harradine List) ; Legal Services Expenditure; Contracts entered into by AIFS, and Planned Procurements. These can be found on our Corporate Documents page.

Also, see details of publicly available datasets.

Our publications

These are available from the Publications section of our website. While most of our publications have been published by AIFS, some have been commissioned and/or published by others.

If you wish to access any AIFS publications which are not available online, please contact us.


We will review the operation of the IPS and this Plan annually, and information detailed under the IPS will be regularly monitored for currency and accuracy.  The AIFS Business Continuity Services Team is responsible for the creation of the Plan and the monitoring of the IPS.

Contact us / Feedback

Please contact us if you would like to provide comments on our Information Publication Scheme information.

You can also contact our FOI Officer directly.

FOI Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Level 4
40 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006

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