Policies and compliance
We publish a range of reports about our activities. Browse our:
Learn how to:
- make a public interest disclosure about the Institute
- raise a concern or complaint about research conduct
- report suspected fraud.
Our annual reports describe our activities and achievements by financial year:
For older annual reports, browse our corporate publications.
Our corporate plan is our primary planning document for each 4-year period. We update it each year to set out our goals, and the strategies we will use to achieve them:
- Corporate Plan: 2023/24 to 2026/27
- Corporate Plan: 2022/23 to 2025/26
- Corporate Plan: 2021/22 to 2024/25
For older corporate plans, browse our corporate publications.
Compliance and reporting
Information publication scheme
Changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that commenced in 2010-11 included the establishment of an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). Agencies are required to publish a plan showing how they intend to comply with the scheme. The scheme requires that agencies publish a range of information about what they do and the way it do it, as well as information dealt with or used in the course of their operations. The below policies and procedures describe how the Institute proposes to meet its obligations in respect of the Information Publication Scheme, to comply with Sections 8(1) and 8(2)(a) of the FOI Act.
Meet our executive team.
Child Safe Policy
We are committed to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations outlined in the Commonwealth Government’s Child Safety Framework. We provide a child-safe environment, and our organisational structures, policies, procedures and processes promote child safety and wellbeing.
Freedom of Information disclosure log
We are required by section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information, which has been released in response to an FOI access request.
View our disclosure log.
Procedures for determining breaches of the code of conduct
All Australian Public Service (APS) employees must follow the APS Code of Conduct. In accordance with the Act, the Director has set up procedures for deciding whether a current or former employee has breached the code and deciding sanctions.
Read the procedures [PDF 165 kB].
Risk and Audit Committee
The Accountable Authority of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Director, has established a Risk and Audit Committee in compliance with section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and PGPA Rule section 17 Audit Committees for Commonwealth Entities.
The responsibilities of the Audit and Risk Committee include reviewing the appropriateness of our:
- financial reporting
- performance reporting
- system of risk oversight and management
- system of internal control.
Read the Risk and Audit Committee Charter [PDF, 411.72 kB].
Statement of Expectations (SOE) and Statement of Intent (SOI)
SOE clarify the government's expectations about how the regulator will fulfil its statutory responsibilities. Regulators respond to a SOE with a SOI, that outlines how it will deliver on the Minister's expectations.
As a Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entities (NCCEs) we must publish a list of contracts and funding agreements to the value of $100,000 or more entered into during the previous 12 months, as well as those entered into at an earlier time that have not been fully performed at the end of the same period.
See our latest contracts.
See our register of gifts and benefits accepted by our staff in the course of their official duties.
See our gifts and benefits register.
Legal services expenditure
See our statement of legal expenditures.
We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988. As a research body, we collect and handle a variety of personal information in performing its statutory research function and activities.
Making a public interest disclosure about AIFS
Current and former public officials can make a disclosure about suspected wrongdoing in the Institute.
The PID Act requires that the Director of AIFS (as a Principal Officer under the PID Act) establish procedures for facilitating and dealing with public interest disclosures relating to AIFS.
Raise a concern about research conduct
We are committed to researcher integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects and evaluations. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research, or any aspect of AIFS' conduct you can raise a concern or complaint.
Reporting suspected fraud
By reporting suspected fraudulent or unethical behaviour you can help us ensure that public and government confidence in the integrity of the Institute's activities is maintained.
Learn more about reporting suspected fraud.