Rae Kaspiew

Rae Kaspiew

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA (Melb), LLB(Hons) (Melb), PhD (Melb), GDLP (ANU)

Dr Rae Kaspiew is a socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law and family violence. She manages the Violence and Families and Laws and Families research programs at the Institute. She has been involved in an extensive range of studies and is the lead author of two large scale evaluations of successive waves of reforms in family law (the 2006 and 2012 reforms). She is the lead author of the Institute’s 2015 report on elder abuse and is on the Advisory Group for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s reference on safeguarding the rights of older Australians.

In addition to her role at AIFS, Rae is a member of the Family Law Council, a body that provides policy advice on family law to the federal Attorney General. She was also a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group (2009-2011) that advised the federal Minister for the Status of Women on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women. Rae is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Family Law and is second author on a family law textbook used widely in universities.

Selected publications

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., & Rhoades, H. (2016). Elder abuse: Understanding issues, frameworks and responses (Research Report No. 35). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hooker, L., Kaspiew, R., & Taft, A. (2016). Domestic and family violence and parenting: Mixed methods insights into impact and support needs. ANROWS State of knowledge paper, Sydney: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety.

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.

Fehlberg, B., Kaspiew, R., Millbank, J, Kelly, F., and Behrens, B., (2015).  Australian Family Law: The Contemporary Context, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Carson, R., Kaspiew, R., Moore, S., Deblaquiere, J., De Maio, J., & Horsfall, B. (2014). The role and efficacy of Independent Children's Lawyers: Findings from the AIFS Independent Children's Lawyer Study. Family Matters 94, 58-69. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Moore, S., De Maio J., Deblaquiere, J., & Horsfall, B. (2014). Getting the word out: The role of Independent Children's Lawyers in the family law system. Australian Journal of Family Law 28(1) 29.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Moore, S., De Maio, J., Deblaquiere, J., & Horsfall, B. (2014). Independent Children's Lawyers Study: final report. Research report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., De Maio, J., Deblaquiere, J., & Horsfall, B. (2014). Families with complex needs: Meeting the challenges of separation. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., De Maio, J., Qu, L., & Deblaquiere, J. (2014). Post-separation parenting arrangements involving minimal time with one parent In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Tayton, S., Kaspiew, R., Moore, S., & Campo. M. (2014). Groups and communities at risk of domestic and family violence. Commissioned by NSW Family and Community Services. 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.