Media releases

Australian teens not getting enough sleep

Media release — December 2019

A study of the sleep patterns of Australian children and adolescents has found that around a quarter of 12-15 year-olds and half of 16-17 year-olds are not getting enough sleep on school nights to meet national sleep guidelines.

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One good friend can make teens more resilient

Media release — November 2019

A national study of 16-17 year-olds has found that having even one good friend can make all the difference when it comes to adolescents’ resilience.

Serious teenage girls discuss an upcoming exam as they wait for school to start

Young carers fall behind in school

Media release — August 2017

Young carers suffer a substantial negative impact on their academic achievement arising from their time spent caring for others.

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Australian children spending more time on screens

Media release — September 2016

A majority of Australian children are spending large amounts of time on screen activities in excess of the recommended 2-hour daily limit for screen entertainment, according to research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Boy in front of TV screen

Parents' risky drinking linked to kids alcohol use

Media release — June 2016

Levels of risky drinking among Australian parents is a strong factor influencing their teenage children to try alcohol, according to a new study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Gambling-like games: Is this kids' stuff or a risk to young people?

Media release — April 2016

A sharp increase in the availability of games that simulate gambling poses a risk to young people by presenting gambling as attractive and relatively harmless, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Young delinquents - rare but some at greater risk

Media release — August 2015

Early on-set crime and delinquency is relatively rare in Australia but a range of factors may combine to put some children at risk more than others, according to the first national study of criminal involvement among 12 and 13 year olds.

Making a smooth transition to secondary school

Media release — July 2015

Children who are social, emotionally stable, enjoy going to school and participate in extra curricula activities have the smoothest transition to secondary school, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Child care hard to come by

Media release — May 2015

Many Australian parents find it difficult to access child care to meet the needs of their families, according to a facts sheet released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.