Toddler feeding bread to her father as they have breakfast

Families Then and Now

Current project

In recognition of AIFS’ 40th anniversary, Families Then and Now outlines some of the changes in Australian households and families from 1980 to today.

About the project

Since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) in 1980, Australian families have undergone profound changes. AIFS is releasing a series of snapshots to outline some of the changes in Australian families over the last four decades. Topics include household composition and family structure, housing ownership and rental, fertility, work and family, and employment and income.

Publications

Upclose rearview shot of a young couple holding hands at the beach

Couple relationships

Lixia Qu
Research Report— July 2020

The fourth snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes to couple relationships from 1980 to today.


Close up of a hand holding newborn baby's hand

Having children

Lixia Qu
Research Report— July 2020

The third snapshot from our Families Then and Now series focuses on fertility rate and births per woman from 1980 to today.


Toddler feeding bread to her father as they have breakfast

Households and families

Lixia Qu
Research Report— July 2020

The second snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines some of the changes in Australian households and families from 1980 to today.


Melbourne city skyline in the distance and house roofs in the foreground

Housing

Diana Warren and  Lixia Qu
Research Report— July 2020

This first snapshot from our Families Then and Now series outlines changes in the housing arrangements of Australian families from 1980 to today.

Households and families

Researchers

Duration

2020

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