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  • Submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence – Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence - September 2018 
    AIFS’ submission highlighted 'the importance of service systems that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable families – and the particular value of coordinated, responsive systems in the context of communities that experience high levels of social and economic disadvantage’.
    The submission advised that ‘[w]hile encouraging greater workforce participation is one way of addressing poverty and disadvantage, the story around families and joblessness is not straightforward’.
    It recommended that ‘complex issues require policy and service responses which are tailored to the experiences and aspirations of families themselves’.
    View submission as PDF [823 KB] 

  • Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission – Review of the family law system - August 2018
    AIFS’ submission ‘highlighted the prevalence of complex issues characterising families that access the family law system’. It emphasised that there ‘needs to be a strong focus on securing the safety and best interests of children, and on supporting families in addressing safety concerns via timely and effective support services and dispute resolution.’
    ‘AIFS data point to the need for a system that is both trauma-informed and whole-of-family in its focus; that aims to support families in addressing their underlying issues; and a system that prioritises the best interests of children via child-centred and child-inclusive approaches.’
    View submission as PDF [3.9 MB]

  • Submission to The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee Inquiry into gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items - July 2018
    This submission to the Federal Government reviews the role of chance-based microtransactions in online multiplayer video games and the consumer protection and regulatory challenges posed by these new and emerging products.
    View submission as a PDF [568 KB]



  • Inquiry into the 2016 Census - September 2016
    Commonwealth of Australia Senate Standing Committees on Economics

  • Settlement experiences of recently arrived humanitarian migrants – Insights from the first wave of the Building a New Life in Australia Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants - March 2016
    Response to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection discussion paper: Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2016-17

  • Inquiry into surrogacy: Oral evidence given at public hearing in Canberra - March 2016
    Commonwealth of Australia Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

  • Submission to Gaming Machine Arrangements Review by the Victorian Government - February 2016

  • Inquiry and report in relation to the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015 - February 2016
    Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications, Parliament of Australia






  • Response to the consultation paper on best practice principles for use in parenting disputes when family violence or abuse is alleged - May 2011
    Family Court of Australia. Federal Magistrates Court

  • Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011 - April 2011
    Parliament of Australia. Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

  • Submission to the Attorney General's Department on the Consultation Paper 'Children's Contact Services' - March 2011
    Attorney General's Department

  • Inquiry into the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices - February 2011
    Parliament of Australia. Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs

  • Submission to the Attorney General's Department on the discussion paper 'Forced and servile marriage: legal and service-based responses' - February 2011
    Family Court of Australia. Federal Magistrates Court

  • Response to the exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 - January 2011
    Attorney General's Department




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