Work and family

Our research expertise

Finding the right balance between work and family is an issue that affects all Australian families. Increasingly, in Australia, both parents work outside the home either in full-time or part-time employment. This affects many family issues such as childcare, parenting responsibilites, housework and employment flexibility.

Work and family continues to be a key area of research expertise for the Institute and our research has explored a wide variety of topics, including:

  • child care use
  • parental employment
  • employment transitions for lone and couple mothers
  • links between demography and parental employment
  • work-family policies
  • parental joblessness and the wellbeing of children.

Current research projects

Evaluation of childcare flexibility trials
Evaluates the Australian Child Care Flexibility Trials introduced by the Department of Education.

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
Topics analysed using LSAC data include: school holiday child care, children's outcomes in low income families, co-parenting, children's time use and children's views of parents' jobs.


Jennifer Baxter
Senior Research Fellow

Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

More information

AIFS news

Get the latest news about our publications, research and upcoming events.