Jessie Dunstan

Jessie Dunstan

Senior Research Officer
The Australian Institute of Family Studies
BSocSci with Distinction (Policy & Research) (RMIT)

Jessie Dunstan joined the Institute as a Senior Research Officer in 2011 to work in the area of family law on a number of large-scale projects examining the experiences and outcomes of separated families. 

At the beginning of 2012, Jessie joined the Growing Up In Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) project design team at AIFS, whilst continuing her work with the family law team, where she is currently contributing to AIFS’ Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments (Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011). 

Prior to joining AIFS, Jessie worked in a number of social research agencies, focusing primarily in project design and management of both quantitative and qualitative research, including sample and fieldwork management.

Her areas of interest include family relationships, child and adolescent development, and child protection. 

Selected publications

R. Carson, R. Kaspiew, J. Dunstan, L. Qu, B. Horsfall, J. De Maio et al. (2016). Identifying and responding to family violence and child safety concerns: Findings from the AIFS Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments. Family Matters 98, 7-15. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Coulson, M., Dunstan, J., &  Moore, S. (2015). Responding to family violence: A survey of family law practices and experiences (Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments) (PDF 3.7 MB). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Dunstan, J., De Maio, J., Moore, S., Moloney, L. et al. (2015). Experiences of Separated Parents Study (Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments) (PDF  4.2 MB). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Dunstan, J., Qu, L., Horsfall, B., De Maio, J. et al. (2015). Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments: Synthesis report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Qu, L., Horsfall, B., Tayton, S.,  Moore, S. et al. (2015). Court Outcomes Project (Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments) (PDF  1.4 MB). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Moloney, L., Dunstan, J., & De Maio, J. (2015). Family law court filings 2004-05 to 2012-13 (Research Report No. 30). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Qu, L., Weston, R., Moloney, L., Kaspiew, R., & Dunstan, J. (2014). Post-separation parenting, property and relationship dynamics after five years. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

De Maio, J., Kaspiew, R., Smart, D., Dunstan, J., & Moore, S. (2013). Survey of Recently Separated Parents: a study of parents who separated prior to the implementation of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Matters) Act 2011 (PDF 2.16MB). Research report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L., Weston, R., Dunstan, J. (2012). Fathers who do not see their children after parental separation. Paper presented at the 16th Australian Population Association Conference, 5 December, Melbourne Vic.

Weston, R., Qu, L., & Dunstan, J. (2012). Factors linked with little or no parent-child contact after parental separation. Paper presented 25 July at the 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic.