Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal research follows the same group of people over time and as such provides powerful information making it possible to identify and better understand the pathways people take through life. The rich information collected through longitudinal studies is a prime source of evidence for informing long-term policy-making.

AIFS has built significant expertise in longitudinal research by conducting, leading and collaborating with several large-scale longitudinal research studies, including the Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). AIFS researchers involved in longitudinal research are particularly skilled in:

  • survey design
  • data management and linkage
  • analysis of longitudinal data.

In conducting such research, AIFS has examined change in children and adults over time on a range of topic areas including:

  • learning and education
  • physical and mental health
  • social and economic participation
  • life transitions
  • influence of family, school and community.

Current projects

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australia Children
A major longitudinal study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.

Building a new life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
A large longitudinal study that examines how humanitarian migrants settle into a new life in Australia.

Australian Temperament Project
A groundbreaking longitudinal study that, to date, has followed a large group of Victorians from their birth to 30 years of age.

Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care
A long-term project focusing on the experiences of young people leaving the care system in Victoria.

Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health
The first national longitudinal study in Australia focused exclusively on malle health, it collects health and lifestyle data from men and boys across the country.


Bridget Palmer - Senior Project Officer

Survey Methodology team

Jennifer Renda - TTM Manager

Tammy Taylor - LSAC Manager

Deborah Louwen - Cohort Manager

Jessie Dunstan - LSAC Manager

Jacob Duffy - Senior Research Officer

Mari Wild - Research Officer

Data Management & Linkage team

Dinusha Bandara - Senior Manager 

Jatender Mohal - Senior Manager 

Michelle Silbert - Manager

Leanne Howell - Senior Data Officer

Cherrylyn Lansangan - Senior Data Officer

Constantine Gasser - Senior Data Officer

Research & Analysis Team

Bosco Rowland  - Senior Research Fellow | Senior Manager

Suzanne Vassalo - Research Fellow

Pilar Rioseco Lopez - Research Fellow 

Tracy Evans-Whipp - Research Fellow

Brendan Quinn - Research Fellow

Sonia Terhaag - Senior Research Officer

Neha Swami - Senior Research Officer

Jen Prattley - Statistician

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