Family trends and transitions

Our research expertise

Australia has one of the fastest growing populations in the developed world. As the population grows, the way we live, where we live and how we relate to each other changes. These trends reflect the contemporary issues with which Australians are grappling such as people living longer, marriage break-ups and new relationships, adult children living at home and the role of grandparents.

Family demography, family trends and transitions are important research areas for AIFS. Some of the areas we have looked at include:

  • family demography
  • patterns of leaving home
  • living arrangements
  • couple and family formation
  • family stability
  • family dissolution and reformation.

Our research studies use a wide variety of datasets including the Census and data derived from large-scale Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys, AIFS surveys such as The Longitudinal Study of Separated Families and other surveys such as HILDA: the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia.

Current projects

Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
A major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.

Maternal employment trends and transitions
This project analyses mothers’ employment, drawing upon various Australian datasets.

Retirement decision-making
This project analyses many aspects of retirement decision making using a range of Australian datasets.

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