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Families in Australia Survey: May–June 2021

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This third survey explored the ways in which Australian families were managing their relationships, connections, supports, work and finances.

The Families in Australia Survey is our flagship survey series. Its scope is every person in every type of family, with the survey open to Australians aged 18 years and over.

Following the first survey (May–June 2020), and the second survey (November–December 2020), AIFS launched the third Families in Australia Survey in May 2021. This survey ran from 18 May to 30 June 2021.

Compared to previous surveys, this one had a lesser focus on COVID, focusing more generally on family wellbeing and family characteristics. We asked Australians 18 years and over to tell us about ways in which they and their families were managing in terms of their relationships, connections, the support they give and receive, and also their work and finances.

More information

Learn more information about the Families in Australia project, or contact us at fia-survey@aifs.gov.au.

Privacy and ethics

AIFS adheres to strict privacy and ethics practices. This research has been approved by the AIFS Human Research Ethics Committee.

All information collected from you in the Family in Australia Survey will be kept confidentially and will be stored securely in accordance with the AIFS Privacy Policy. Your responses to the survey will be de-identified and will be accessible only to members of the AIFS research team on a need-to-know basis. The survey responses will be stored on secured servers onsite at AIFS in Melbourne, Australia.

AIFS respects and upholds your rights under the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). Please see our Privacy Policy regarding our obligation to protect your privacy rights.

You can contact our privacy team if you have any questions regarding how we manage, use and store personal information.

If you would like more information about the survey you can read the Participant Information Sheet.


Cropped photo of a couple reviewing paperwork and looking through the laptop on the kitchen table

Families in Australia Survey 3, report no. 1: Families' concerns about finances
Research Report — November 2021

This snapshot reports on families’ experiences of financial concerns and stresses at May–June 2021, as captured in the third Families in Australia Survey.

Mature woman is cooking a curry in the kitchen of her home. She is feeding her son a piece of sliced pepper as he does the dishes.

Families in Australia Survey 3, report no. 2: Relationships within the family
Research Report — December 2021

This snapshot discusses an overview of findings from individuals reporting on different family relationship satisfaction and quality.


Mikayla Budinski
Research Officer


May–June 2021

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