Annual Report

Annual Report

2018/19

Annual Report – October 2019

Australian Institute of Family Studies annual reports describe the research and operations of the Institute, along with highlights for the year.

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1. Director's review

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) started the 2018/19 financial year with a significant highlight - the successful 15th biennial AIFS 2018 Conference, which was held in July with the theme 'What matters most to families in the 21st century?'.

With record numbers of participants and presentations, the hugely positive response took us by surprise and in many ways created a benchmark of achievement for the rest of the year. It caused us to re-examine our stakeholder engagement, how we communicate our stories, and how we plan the activities around our research projects and events.

2018/19 was the third year of our Strategic Directions 2016-2020, a journey of transforming how we work at the Institute and with our partners, to ensure that our internal culture, capabilities and systems align with our aspirations to achieve 'Excellence for Impact'. We reviewed our Strategic Directions this year and extended them to 2021/22. And there are signs that we're making great strides towards realising our strategic goals of leading research in to family wellbeing in Australia.

Our focus this year has been to build on earlier foundational work, to ensure our research evidence is useful for policy makers and service deliverers, and ultimately to improve the lives of children, families and communities. We have worked hard to consolidate the gains of the first couple of years of our Strategic Directions and this year we began to see some acknowledgement for our effort in our ability to impact national discussion around key reform areas such as family law and domestic and family violence: the Direct Cross-Examination in Family Law report informed new legislation, and I was invited to participate in the COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children, a first for AIFS, recognising the important work we have done over many years in this field.

This report outlines the journey we've taken this year towards achieving our 2022 strategic goals.

Research highlights 2018/19

During the past year we worked on 33 projects, including seven new research projects, and continued to extend our expertise and experience to make a significant contribution to practice and policy development in a wide range of family wellbeing areas.

Child Care Package Evaluation

The Australian Government Department of Education introduced the Child Care Package on 2 July 2018. In December 2017, AIFS was commissioned by the Department to lead an evaluation of the Child Care Package, with consortium partners the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at the Australian National University; the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales; and the Social Research Centre (SRC). Extensive evaluation activities took place in the 2018/19 financial year following the implementation of the Package. Key activities for AIFS were:

  • data collection from families, services and other stakeholders (including some survey data and interview data collected by AIFS, as well as data collected by consortium partners with input from and oversight by AIFS)
  • analysis and reporting on data collections, and on other information relevant to the evaluation (the key deliverable was the first of the evaluation reports, an Early Monitoring Report, finalised in 2018/19)
  • reporting on evaluations of two specific programs, the In Home Care program and the Inclusion Support Programme
  • provision of support to the Department of Education on their Post Implementation Reviews
  • ongoing liaison with the Department, stakeholders and consortium partners to manage the evaluation project, and participate in briefings and discussions on issues relevant to the Child Care Package.

Australian Gambling Research Centre

Globally, gambling has expanded at a rapid pace, and related harms are an increasing concern. The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) undertakes policy-relevant research that enhances understanding of the nature and extent of gambling participation and related harms, and advances knowledge of ways to prevent and reduce harm among at-risk populations, their families and communities. The AGRC has conducted several significant research projects in the past year, including:

  • the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering in Australia: Baseline Study, which the Department of Social Services commissioned as part of a larger four-phase evaluation of the National Consumer Protection Framework
  • Pints, Punts 'n' Peers, a study exploring the relationship between alcohol consumption and sports betting among young Australians, see 'Report on performance' for more information
  • The Relationship Between Gambling and Domestic Violence Against Women, a national project investigating the nature of the relationship between gambling and domestic violence, funded by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety
  • Identifying lessons from public health policy for interventions to prevent gambling-related harm, a project involving a review of evidence from the fields of tobacco control, alcohol and obesity prevention to recommend ways to adapt successful policies and interventions from these fields to gambling and funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
  • Gambling in Suburban Australia, a study investigating environmental factors that contribute to gambling consumption and related harm at the local level.

Building a New Life in Australia

Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) is a long-term research project examining how humanitarian migrants settle into a new life in Australia. Close to 2,400 individuals and families living in communities around Australia, who have been granted permanent humanitarian visas, are taking part in the study. In 2018/19, the fifth wave of data for the study was collected. The study has continued to be well-received by participants, with very high response rates.

Two presentations were given by the BNLA team in July 2018. A presentation about the factors associated with psychological distress among recently arrived humanitarian migrants was presented at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (Gold Coast). A presentation on English language proficiency among humanitarian youth was given at the AIFS Conference in Melbourne.

The first four waves of data from the BNLA study are available to approved researchers from government, academic institutions and non-profit organisations. Wave 5 data are anticipated for release in late 2019.

Child Family Community Australia

The Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange, funded by the Department of Social Services, provides evidence-informed resources, publications and support for professionals working in the child, family and community welfare sector. In 2018/19, CFCA increased user engagement with its website with over 3.5 million page views. Over 16,450 subscribers receive the fortnightly CFCA News, a 36% increase on 2017/18. CFCA produced 13 publications this financial year and its expanded webinar program attracted large numbers of attendees per session (almost 12,000 participants across 14 webinars; a 50% increase on 2017/18) - playing a significant role in professional development for the sector.

User feedback indicates that CFCA content contributes to the increased use of evidence in policy and practice, and increased knowledge of the latest research.

Family law research

Following the completion of the Children and Young People in Separated Families study and Direct Cross-Examination in Family Law Matters research in June 2018, the Family Law and Family Violence team engaged in significant dissemination activities during this financial year. These activities included giving 19 presentations and preparing three submissions in response to key inquiries and reviews.

In April, the Australian Attorney-General's Department announced that the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018 had commenced. Last year we were commissioned by the Department to explore data relevant to direct cross-examination, involving self-represented litigants in family law matters, involving allegations or substantiated instances of family violence. Legislation that was passed in Parliament last December and which has now been enacted drew on our report Direct Cross-Examination in Family Law Matters: Incidence and Context of Direct Cross-Examination Involving Self-Represented Litigants. From 11 September 2019, personal cross-examination will be banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances, including when there are allegations of family violence.

The team continued its important research in the area of elder abuse, as the lead research organisation in the Elder Abuse National Research Stage 1: Strengthening the Evidence Base project. This now-concluded research comprised three components, including the development of an Australian definition of abuse of older people for application in research; the development and testing of instruments to measure the prevalence of abuse of older people in Australia; and the analysis of existing datasets. The Attorney-General's Department has commissioned the Institute to conduct a prevalence study of elder abuse in Australia. This is the first large-scale effort to assess the nature of elder abuse and the extent to which it occurs among those in the Australian population aged 65 and over.

The team is also engaged in research activities for the Singapore Ministry of Family and Social Development aimed at understanding trends of co-parenting in Singapore.

Families and Children Expert Panel

The Expert Panel Project aims to help Families and Children (FaC) Activity service providers to better articulate the evidence underpinning their programs and to build program monitoring and evaluation into their routine. Its ultimate aim is to support evidence-informed programs for parents and children, and help those programs to achieve better outcomes for parents and children. For more information, see 'Report on performance'.

Growing Up in Australia

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) follows the development of 10,000 children and their families in urban and rural areas and continues to provide insights into the paths Australian children and their families take through life.

Wave 8 fieldwork was completed during 2018/19 and the data are planned for release in 2020. For more information about Growing Up in Australia, see 'Report on performance' for more information.

Ten to Men

Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health is the first national longitudinal study in Australia focusing exclusively on male health and wellbeing. The study aims to fill the gaps in knowledge about male health and wellbeing across the life course and to contribute to the development of health programs and policies targeted to the special health needs of men and boys. Activities in 2018/19 included fieldwork for the Wave 3 data collection, refreshing the Ten to Men logo and identity, and upgrading the study website. For more information about Ten to Men, see 'Report on performance'.

Communicating our research

We have continued to improve our methods in communicating research findings to a wide range of audiences, including policy makers, practitioners, other researchers and the general public.

Communicating our research is a key AIFS function. We do this through releasing research publications, both in short and long form, through our information exchange services, such as CFCA, by researchers presenting at conferences and events, and in our webinars. The Institute's research is widely reported in the media and promoted through our websites, newsletters and social media.

Events

The Institute increases its public engagement by hosting its conference and other events. As previously mentioned, the biggest event to take place in the 2018/19 financial year was our 15th biennial AIFS 2018 Conference, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 25-27 July 2018. Headlining the conference program were keynote speakers Nora Spinks (Vanier Institute of the Family, Canada), Professor Brigid Featherstone (University of Huddersfield, UK) and Dr David Halpern (Behavioural Insights Team, UK). A total of 211 oral presentations, 41 poster presentations and three plenary panel sessions were presented. The event also attracted a record 22 different sponsors, which highlights that the conference is a highly valued event for networking and brand exposure.

Significant planning was also undertaken in 2018/19 for our next conference to be held from 9-12 June 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Our 2020 Conference theme is: What is a good life for families? And how do we get there?

Another key event for us this year was a special panel discussion on the Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) review of the family law system. The event, held on Thursday 6 June 2019, was facilitated by ABC Journalist Damien Carrick, with panellists Angela Lynch AM (Women's Legal Service, Qld), Wendy Kayler-Thomson (Forte Family Lawyers) and Anne Hollonds (AIFS). The event also featured an introductory speech by the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, The Honourable William Alstegren. The discussion was recorded by the ABC and aired on Radio National's Law Report the following week. The invitation-only event, which was a full house, was the first of its kind for AIFS in our new building. We plan to host similar events in the future.

We also hosted a Policy Design Masterclass, delivered by Christian Bason, Chief Executive Officer of the Danish Design Centre. This invitation-only workshop gave our senior researchers and key policy advisers from the Department of Social Services and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet exposure to innovative methods around the co-creation of policy and citizen engagement, and the promotion of 'professional empathy' as a skill in government.

Our regular webinars for CFCA, Emerging Minds and the Families and Children Expert Panel have been hugely popular, with more that 12,000 participants tuning in through the year. They are yet another way in which we support family wellbeing through innovative knowledge translation and communication.

Publications

We continued to publish high-quality research into the wellbeing of Australian families, with 68 project reports and papers produced, and more than 4.2 million publications viewed or downloaded from our websites. We also produced a host of short articles, news pieces, infographics, fact sheets, social media posts and practice resources. In the past year, publishing highlights included authoritative reports on:

  • empowering migrant and refugee women
  • stay-at-home fathers
  • foster and relative/kinship carers
  • children and young people in separated families
  • challenging misconceptions about sexual offending
  • low income and childhood poverty dynamics
  • the association between family, neighbourhood and school level disadvantage and children's cognitive and social outcomes.

Governance, performance and risk management

Finances

In the 2018/19 financial year, AIFS operated with $4,412,000 of government appropriation and $9,684,672 of other revenue (primarily from contracted research), as detailed in the 'Financial statements'. The Institute incurred a budget deficit for the financial year 2018/19 of $405,387. This deficit is primarily due to the depreciation expense for 2018/19 of $448,535. After adjusting for this item, AIFS reported a surplus of $43,148.

Organisational culture and staff engagement

Significantly, in 2018/19, AIFS was shortlisted as a finalist in the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) 'Public Sector Innovation' Awards 2019 in the category of Culture and Capability, in recognition of our internal culture transformation. The concerted effort behind this transformation has seen AIFS ranked in the top 10 agencies in the Australian Public Service in 2018 in the categories of staff wellbeing, engagement and innovation (Source: APS Employee Census). These results are evidence of the large amount of work undertaken to respond to staff concerns. Successful initiatives include:

  • building management capability
  • improved internal communication
  • a more coordinated approach to change management
  • a focus on wellbeing initiatives.

Highlights of this transformation were staff co-designing the AIFS Values and Behaviours and the highly consultative process underpinning our relocation to smaller and more cost-effective premises. At the heart of these two pieces of work were the principles of design thinking. Through a series of creative exercises, we tapped into right-brain thinking to draw on our imagination, creativity and powers of visualisation. The products were the values and behaviours that would create a culture we needed to achieve our goals, and an office space that actively shapes the way we work and collaborate.

There is no doubt that AIFS is now a better place to work, with 81% of staff reporting they would recommend AIFS as a good place to work (up from 36% in 2016). But this is also a story of unlocking our capability so that we can make progress on tackling some of Australia's biggest challenges, such as family violence, child abuse and neglect, and mental ill-health. We are much more creative, collaborative and agile. By bringing this new mindset into our work, we're better placed to tackle the complex social issues we address in our work every day.

Outlook for 2019/20

Planning for our 16th AIFS Conference on 9-12 June 2020 was begun in 2018/19, with the bulk of the work to take place in 2019/20. The 16th AIFS Conference coincides with the Institute's 40th anniversary, and we will celebrate this milestone at the conference by showcasing our research over the years.

The AIFS Conference as well as other events are central to our knowledge translation capability strategy, which we will continue to implement in 2019/20.

The key priorities for 2019/20 include:

  • implementing knowledge translation strategies for our research
  • planning and implementing the AIFS 2020 Conference
  • enhancing our data management strategy for future capability requirements
  • planning for the migration of our websites' content management system
  • an end-to-end review of our recruitment strategy
  • testing and refining our new performance measures.

We will continue to experiment, learn and adapt, to innovate and build on the research excellence for which we are highly regarded. We will advance our capabilities and our partnerships to ensure that our research evidence is useful for those who need it, in particular policy makers, service providers and the Australian public.

AIFS Director Anne Hollonds's signature

Anne Hollonds
Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
06 September 2019

2. Agency overview

AIFS is a Melbourne-based statutory agency of the Australian Government, established in February 1980 under the Australian Family Law Act 1975.

A non-corporate entity, AIFS is a portfolio body within the Department of Social Services (DSS). We also have close links with the Attorney-General's Department (AGD), the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Defence, the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), the Department of Health and other Australian Government portfolios, their departments and agencies. Our staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. At 30 June 2019, 104 people were employed at the Institute, excluding the Director.

Role and functions

We aim to increase understanding of factors affecting the welfare of Australian families by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers, researchers and the broader community. We evaluate policies and programs, and we provide advice to inform the design and implementation of policy and services.

AIFS Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22 unveiled the What Works for Families Research Framework (Families Framework) that guides our research agenda, including commissioned projects. The Framework outlines four key research areas:

  • Life stages and transitions
  • Family relationships
  • Social and economic participation
  • Challenges for families.

We communicate our research findings to make evidence accessible and useful for decision makers, practitioners and the general public. We do this through our research publications, conferences, websites, information exchanges, information services, presentations, seminars and webinars, representation and through mass media.

The AIFS Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22 outlines our roles and functions for this annual reporting period. The four strategic priorities outlined in the plan are:

  • Create knowledge
  • Communicate for impact
  • Collaborate and connect
  • Activate organisational sustainability.

Organisational structure

The Director is responsible for providing the overall leadership of the Institute and is supported by two Deputy Directors: the Deputy Director Research and Deputy Director Corporate Services (see Figure 2.1). This group works together to lead a team of managers responsible for the day-to-day work of AIFS in meeting our strategic objectives.

The Deputy Director Research is responsible for our research program, which includes a wide range of research, evaluation and dissemination projects focusing on policy and practice relevant issues affecting families in Australia.

The Deputy Director Corporate Services is responsible for the management of services to support our research activities, including human, financial and physical resources, information management and communications technology, communication services and corporate governance.

Research managers oversee teams of research staff who work on a range of commissioned and internally initiated projects. During the reporting period this included two information exchanges - the Australian Gambling Research Centre and the Child Family Community Australia information exchange - and five longitudinal studies.

The Corporate Services area supports our research activities by providing administrative and specialist functions such as library, publishing, finance, information management and technology, communications, human resources and business capability services.

Figure 2.1: AIFS organisational structure as at 30 June 2019

Figure 2.1: AIFS organisational structure as at 30 June 2019

 


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Outcome and program structure

In this reporting period, we operated within the Australian Government's outcome and output framework published in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2018-19 (PBS) and the AIFS Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22. The Institute has a single planned outcome: Increased understanding of factors affecting how families function by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers and the broader community.

All our activities have been directed to achieving this outcome. Key performance criteria, detailed in the 'Report on performance' section measure the Institute's core outputs and deliverables. The Institute's management accountability performance is described in the 'Management and accountability' section and its finances in the 'Financial statements' section.

3. Report on performance

Performance statement

We have a single planned outcome:

Increased understanding of factors affecting how families function by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers and the broader community.

To achieve this outcome, we:

  • conduct high-quality research relevant to policy and practice on a broad range of issues regarding the wellbeing of Australian families
  • through collaborative partnerships, expand the national knowledge base of factors affecting families
  • increase the effectiveness of communications to foster greater understanding about factors that affect families
  • build organisational capacity to achieve research and communication objectives.

We operated within a continuing environment of fiscal restraint in this reporting period. This has primarily affected the ability of other organisations to initiate and fund new projects, which in turn resulted in a decrease in research outputs - see Table 3.1 for performance criteria. Despite these constraints, most of the indicators exceeded their targets, demonstrating that we continue to perform at a high level and achieve our stated outcome.

Research domains

Our research program during the reporting period was structured around our Families Framework, first reported in the AIFS Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22. The Framework outlines four key research areas:

  • Life stages and transitions
  • Family relationships
  • Social and economic participation
  • Challenges for families.

Research activities are either initiated by us or commissioned by another organisation. Institute-initiated research is funded from the budget appropriation.

Research projects conducted by us range in scale and type, and include:

  • research projects that provide evidence relating to social policy issues
  • major evaluations and reviews of government policies and programs
  • longitudinal studies that provide valuable data on children and their families
  • specialist advisory services commissioned by government agencies
  • information exchanges that collect, evaluate and synthesise evidence about a subject and communicate that evidence to policy and practice professionals.

In addition, we promote research collaboration by sharing data nationally and internationally, and making presentations at a wide range of local and overseas conferences and other meetings (see Appendix C for details).

We communicate our research through a variety of channels, including information exchange activities, publications, conferences, seminars and webinars, podcasts, web-based content, and library help desk and bibliographic services. These communication activities deliver research findings to three broad groups:

  • policy makers, to inform the development and review of policies and programs affecting families
  • service providers, to improve professional practice that supports families
  • the research and general communities, to raise understanding and knowledge of family functioning.

Performance criteria

The report on our performance criteria for 2018/19 (Table 3.1) is divided into the four Strategic Directions outlined in the AIFS Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22:

  • Create knowledge
  • Communicate for impact
  • Collaborate and connect
  • Activate organisational sustainability.
Table 3.1: Performance criteria: Actuals (2017/18 to 2018/19) and forward estimate (2019/20)
Criteria Actual
2017/18
Target
2018/19
Actual
2018/19
Forward estimate
2019/20
Create knowledge
Number of bodies commissioning work by AIFS 18 22 21 22
Number of research projects at AIFS 36 47 33 47
Number of longitudinal studies at AIFS 5 5 5 5
Communicate for impact
Number of publications disseminated or downloaded from AIFS website 3.3m 3.2m 4.2m 3.3m
Total media mentions of AIFS research 5,185 7,500 4,255 7,000
Number of publications released by AIFS 71 80 66 80
Number of presentations given by AIFS staff 62 120 68 120
Number of bibliographic records generated at AIFS 1,782 2,300 2,115 2,400
Collaborate and connect
Total attendance at AIFS conferences, webinars and forums 5,688 3,500 8,930 3,500
Number of partnerships, MOUs and collaborations in place 27 32 33 32
Numbers of conferences, seminars and forums hosted 13 20 22 20
Government submissions 0 8 8 10
Activate organisational sustainability
Percentage of research staff with postgraduate qualifications 63.5% 65% 69.7% 70%
Reduction in operational costs 5.4% 5% 5.2% Steady
Percentage of clients satisfied with AIFS' services 78% 85% N/A N/A
Percentage of stakeholders satisfied with AIFS' services 93.5% 85% see note N/A

Note: During the reporting period, we changed our performance measurement framework and we are no longer reporting on stakeholder satisfaction. We are now measuring whether our research is easy to access and whether our stakeholders use our research. This has been recorded in our Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22.

Analysis of performance

Create knowledge

Performance criteria

The number of commissioning bodies is indicative of the spread of research undertaken at the Institute. The measure also highlights that we are not reliant on a single source of income. In 2018/19, we were commissioned by 21 organisations to undertake research projects.

In 2018/19, 33 research projects were active at some stage during the reporting period, which was below the performance target. This was mainly due to our decision to seek to undertake larger-scale projects that can continue for several years in place of a larger number of small projects.

We were involved in five longitudinal studies during the reporting period:

  • Australian Temperament Project
  • Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care
  • Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
  • Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
  • Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Male Health.

The number of longitudinal studies has been included as a performance measure because these studies are useful for analysing trends in the changing nature of families over time. Such studies require a longer-term commitment of resources by funding and partner bodies, often over a number of years.

Table 3.2 highlights progress against our objectives and actions for Pillar 1 of our Strategic Directions relating to creating knowledge in our Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22.

Table 3.2: Pillar 1: Create Knowledge, 2018/19 actions
Pillar 1: Create Knowledge Status
Implement a national strategic research agenda
Implementation plan for the research roadmap The purpose of a research roadmap is to articulate the work we want to undertake to achieve our purpose. To guide us in this we developed a theory of change to help us to identify the outcomes we are seeking and the optimal activities to achieve these outcomes. This resulted in a roadmap for our research agenda going forward. This provides a foundation for developing research proposals and for responding to funding proposals.
Develop partnership strategy The Institute was granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status during the reporting period. This is a foundational piece of our partnership strategy, which also includes working towards a major research partnership with a university.
Formalise major research partnership We continue to work towards developing a major research partnership with an Australian university.
Deliver on existing research projects while seeking new opportunities that reflect our research agenda We continue to advance projects that reflect our theory of change and contribute to our purpose of positive change for children, families and communities. New projects include an evaluation of a revised strategy for the NT Child and Family Centres program, an evaluation of the Third Action Plan to reduce violence against women, and the Elder Abuse Prevalence Study.

Communicate for impact

Performance criteria

The number of AIFS publications viewed and downloaded indicates the uptake of our published findings. In 2018/19, we had 4.2 million views of our publications, which was well above target. This was mainly due to the launch of new Growing Up in Australia and Ten to Men websites, as well as increasingly effective social media and stakeholder engagement strategies. A complete list of our research outputs and publications for 2018/19 is available in Appendix C.

The number of media mentions highlights our commitment to communicating our research to a wider audience. The 4,255 media mentions were below target mainly due to the reduction in research publications produced throughout the year.

We produced 66 research products in 2018/19, which was below the target. The lower than predicted output can be attributed to a greater focus on other methods of knowledge translation such as the delivery of workshops and webinars. We published six research reports and five commissioned reports.

Our staff made 68 presentations in this reporting period, which was below the target. This was mainly because the Institute has focused on larger-scale projects and therefore there was not as many opportunities to present findings from smaller projects.

Bibliographic records provide a description of material related to family studies that have been published by AIFS or others, and help to provide a valuable reference resource for researchers in this field. The 2,115 records generated in the reporting period was slightly below the target.

Table 3.3 highlights progress against our actions for Pillar 2 of our Strategic Directions, relating to communicating for impact in our Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22.

Table 3.3: Pillar 2: Communicate for impact, 2018/19 actions
Pillar 2: Communicate for impact Status
Implement the website strategy 2018 to make it user-centred, providing content relevant to our audiences, and offering a seamless experience of AIFS Our website strategy put in place a framework for managing our web content through its lifecycle, ensuring that all content served on our websites is up-to-date and relevant. Other achievements included: redesigning our publication landing pages to make them more streamlined and user-friendly; and refreshing our news and webinar landing pages.
Website content audit and governance A content audit of the website was completed in March 2019. Result: 579 publications and 200 corporate pages reviewed; 285 publications archived, 36 flagged for updating, 258 unchanged; all corporate pages updated.
Stakeholder research and analysis Early in 2019, we undertook a mid-point review of our Strategic Directions 2016-2021. This work focused on:
  • developing an explicit articulation or 'theory' of AIFS' impact pathway; that is, mapping how what we do (activity) leads to positive outcomes for children and families (impact)
  • reviewing the Strategic Directions and yearly initiatives against this theory
  • reviewing our performance and impact measures, specifically whether current performance measures were fit for purpose.

As a result, we deferred our plans to undertake stakeholder research and analysis.

Expand our suite of 'resources' to include new channels with higher engagement factors, such as seminars, webinars, policy round tables, events and blog posts In line with our approach to ensuring that our research is easy to understand and accessible to our key audiences, we have broadened our resources beyond traditional long-form research reports.

Animation/video

In 2018/19 we have experimented with animations and video to help increase engagement with research findings. These include animation/video for:

  • listening to children's voices from the Children and Young People in Separated Families Project
  • Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report 2017
  • the trend of young people delaying leaving home.

Podcast

We created the podcast series 'Evidently'. This series interviews AIFS researchers to give listeners an overview of the issues behind the data. The first two episodes looked at issues from the Growing Up in Australia Annual Statistical Report 2017:

  • Eating problems in mid-adolescence
  • Children's housing experiences

Events and webinars

We are expanding the number of events to reach our audiences. See Appendix C, for a full list of our AIFS events and webinars held throughout the year.

Collaborate and connect

Performance criteria

The 8,390 participants that attended our events throughout the year were substantially higher (139%) than the target of 3,500 participants. This is due to a number of factors. A continued focus on producing regular webinars in the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds projects has been the main contributor to the higher attendance figures. In addition, the AIFS 2018 Conference, which was held in the reporting period, was successful in attracting a higher number of participants than in previous years. Appendix C provides a complete list of these events.

The number of conferences, seminars, webinars and other events hosted by us was above the targeted forecast, with the Institute hosting 22 events. Our events included 14 webinars, three workshops, four seminars and the conference.

Partnerships, MOUs and collaborations enable us to widen the scope of our research capabilities, which further helps to reach our yearly research and dissemination goals. We had 33 partnerships, MOUs and collaborations in place during 2018/19, which was above the target.

Government submissions are a performance measure as they are an important avenue for AIFS to use its research to inform government policy. In 2018/19, we made eight submissions to government inquiries, which met the target. A list of submissions made by AIFS can be found in Appendix D).

Table 3.4 highlights progress against our actions for Pillar 3 of our Strategic Directions relating to collaboration in our Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22.

Table 3.4: Pillar 3: Collaborate and connect, 2018/19 actions
Pillar 3: Collaborate and connect Status
At research initiation stage, establish a knowledge translation (KT) plan that identifies the target audience and dissemination methods A template for KT planning has been developed in collaboration with the Communications team. Knowledge translation planning is now underway with new and ongoing projects. This includes Ten to Men, CFCA and Emerging Minds.
AIFS 2018 Conference execution and evaluation The AIFS 2018 Conference was held in the reporting period with record registration and sponsorship numbers. A full evaluation was conducted.
AIFS Conference 2020 planning A significant amount of work has been put into planning for the next AIFS Conference, to be held in June 2020.
Develop events strategy While a detailed events strategy was not finalised in the reporting period, the Institute hosted several significant events in the reporting period. As well as the 2018 Conference, the Institute hosted a family law panel discussion at AIFS and co-hosted a policy forum on the voices of children and young people in family law proceedings in Hobart, Tasmania.
Develop a national media strategy which broadens our focus from research outputs and seeks opportunities to influence national conversations on key family wellbeing issues We developed a national media strategy in July 2018, and this drove our approach to media activities throughout 2018/19. The media is a key audience for disseminating research relevant to family wellbeing in a way that is accessible. We translate our research in easy to understand news packages for the media, to reach the general public and decision makers.

Our role as a trusted spokesperson helps to ensure that public debate is balanced with evidence, and informs issues with the findings from our vast body of research.

Increase opportunities for cross-sector dialogue and exchange The AIFS Conference 2018, held 25-27 July, was a major event in our calendar focusing on cross-sector dialogue and exchange. This high-profile event had more than 650 participants from a range of different sectors, including:
  • Child protection (2.5%)
  • Community services (26%)
  • Early childhood (6%)
  • Education and training (18%)
  • Family services (12%)
  • Government (36%)
  • Health (1.5%)
  • Law and justice (7%).

In addition, we ran two focused events during the year on issues relating to different aspects of family law. See Appendix C on for further details.

Implement KT strategy across the organisation A KT strategy was drafted in the reporting period. A revision of this strategy is underway post the development of the AIFS Theory of Change. This project more clearly articulates the impact of AIFS work. The implementation of the KT strategy has included internal capacity building, development of a KT planning template and facilitating the development of program-level impact stories.

Activate organisational sustainability

Performance criteria

An indication of our capability and readiness to undertake high-quality research is the proportion of researchers with postgraduate qualifications. In 2018/19, 69.7% of our staff held postgraduate qualifications, which is significantly higher than the target of 65%.

The reduction in operational costs is a measure to determine whether we are delivering services efficiently. In 2018/19, we achieved a 5.2% reduction in our corporate operational cost by decreasing expenditure from $5.916 million in 2017/18 to $5.611 million in 2018/19.

The percentage of clients satisfied with our services was not captured in the reporting period. This was because the information gathered in previous reports was not deemed useful for our purposes as the sample size was too small and it was difficult for some clients to respond to questions if the project was in an early stage of development.

The percentage of stakeholders satisfied with our services was not recorded in the reporting period as we changed our performance measurement framework. We are now measuring whether our research is easy to access and easy to read. Baseline results from our stakeholder survey highlighted that of 660 survey participants, 80% agreed or strongly agreed that AIFS research and resources were easy to locate and 89% agreed or strongly agreed that AIFS resources and publications are written in plain accessible language. In terms of whether our research is used was 74% of respondents highlighted that they had used AIFS research in the previous 12 months.

Table 3.5 highlights progress against our objectives and actions for Pillar 4 of our Strategic Directions relating to activation in our Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22.

Table 3.5: Pillar 4: Activate organisational sustainability, 2018/19 actions
Pillar 4: Activate organisational sustainability Status
Conduct mid-cycle review of our Strategic Directions, including goals and performance measures In the second quarter of 2018/19 we undertook a review of the Strategic Directions. This review built on the previous year's initiatives, specifically the development of our Families Framework, AIFS Values and Behaviours and our Governance and Management Framework.

We now have a comprehensive Strategic Planning Framework that integrates and aligns our understanding of families, our purpose, strategic goals, our pathway to impact, and operational planning and management.

We have completely reviewed our Performance Management Framework. The new framework aims to better identify and report on outcome and impact measures and to move beyond simple output-based metrics.

Review recruitment practices A review of our recruitment practices commenced during the reporting period. The review is scheduled to be completed July 2019.
Leadership development program for managers Over 40 managers participated in our inaugural leadership development program in 2018/19. The program was designed to enable managers to understand and adapt their leadership style to meet different needs, coach team members to achieve goals, and build high performance through effective feedback.
Refresh policies and plans for workplace diversity Refreshing our policies and plans for workplace diversity began in 2019. The refresh is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Improve capability of managers to recruit people with disabilities Over 30 managers participated in training to assist them to confidently recruit and manage people with disabilities within their teams and facilitate an inclusive and enabling workplace.
Finalise transition to shared services and determine best approach for improving project management In July 2018 AIFS commenced using the TechOne finance system, in line with the new financial year. Our payroll arrangements transitioned in September 2018. Both transitions have been challenging. While the transition is now complete for payroll arrangements, there are still issues with the configuration of TechOne to ensure it meets our needs.

Other competing priorities in 2018/19 has meant determining the best approach for improving project management within the Institute has not had the focus it needed until late in the reporting year. That said, we have commenced exploratory investigations of a simplified and more pragmatic approach to this issue based loosely on the framework adopted by our portfolio department, which we are hopeful will provide a more fit-for-purpose solution for the Institute.

Review and strengthen risk management framework In 2018/19 we identified different ways in which other organisations, including other Australian Government agencies, structured and implemented their frameworks. In 2019/20 we will use this information to substantially redesign our own framework. Get further details on our risk management strategies.
Implement new privacy management plan, and enhance our data management policies and processes AIFS implemented its Privacy Management Plan in August 2018, and we have subsequently undertaken the following activities:
  • appointed Privacy Officers and a Privacy Champion who has responsibility for providing leadership across the organisation on privacy strategic matters
  • provided mandatory privacy training for all staff and all new staff must complete a privacy module as a part of their induction
  • developed an internal framework on handling privacy enquiries, complaints and requests for access to and correction of personal information
  • updated our Privacy Management Policy, which will be communicated to all staff shortly. It includes requirements that high-risk projects have a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), and that a register of PIAs be maintained.

These activities have significantly increased the privacy maturity across the agency. We will continue to undertake the remaining activities in the Privacy Management Plan in 2019/20 and report as required to the OAIC.

In 2018/19 we have significantly increased our focus on our data management policies and processes in an environment in which the analysis and maintenance of data across the Commonwealth is becoming ever more important. Apart from the implementation of a Privacy Management Plan, the Institute has updated its Privacy Management Policy and has developed a number of others to assist with handling confidentialised and sensitive data.

As one of six Data Integrating Authorities in Australia, in the last year AIFS has invested significant time and resources in the proposed data sharing and release framework that is being guided by the new Office of the National Data Commissioner.

We have also identified the need for the Institute to develop a data management strategy, which will be one of our activation initiatives in 2019/20. The strategy will address what data management policies the Institute needs in the new environment and how we manage the metadata.

Performance against AIFS research directions

This section reviews the major projects undertaken by AIFS during the reporting period, within the framework of our Families Framework research areas.

The majority of our research projects relate to more than one research area. A summary of the projects is provided in Table 3.6.

A full list of publications and presentations produced by us during the reporting period is included in Appendix C.

More details about major work being conducted by the Institute are available on the AIFS website at aifs.gov.au/about-us.

Table 3.6: AIFS research projects 2018/19 and relevance to research areas
Project title Term Project funder (partner) Families Framework Research Areas
Family relationships Social & economic participation Life stages & transitions Challenges for families
LSAC Waves 5-9 project management and data collection 2009-2022 DSS/ABS X X X X
CFCA information exchange 2011-2019 DSS X X X X
Beyond 18 2012-2018 DHHS X X X X
Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): data collection & management 2012-2018 DSS X X X X
Families and Children Expert Panel 2014-2019 DSS X X   X
Weighing up the odds: Grants for gambling research 2015-2018 VRGF   X   X
Wagering marketing on vulnerable adults 2016-2018 CQU X X   X
VRGF Preventing Gambling-Related Harm: services to Monash University 2016-2018 Monash University   X   X
Young people with sexually abusive behaviours: Perpetrator interventions 2017-2019 ANROWS     X X
DVA Coordinated Client Support program (CCS) 2017-2018 SPRC UNSW X X X X
Women's Safety Package: Local support coordinator evaluation 2017-2019 DSS       X
Emerging Minds 2017-2019 DoH X   X X
Ten to Men 2017-2021 DoH X X X X
Elder Abuse Research: Strengthening the evidence base stage 1 2017-2019 AGD X   X X
Relationship between domestic violence and gambling 2018-2020 CQU X     X
Pints, Punts 'n' Peers 2018- Appropriation   X   X
Partners of Vietnam Veterans: Further analysis of the Vietnam Veterans Family Study 2018-2019 DVA X   X X
Stronger Outcomes for Families Reform: Evaluation model 2018 DSS X X X X
LSAC: Production of a technical paper 2018 QFCC X   X  
Child Care Package Evaluation 2018 2017-2021 Dept of Education   X   X
Families as First Teachers 2018-2019 NT Govt X   X X
Analysis of HILDA dataset 2018-2019 VRGF       X
Baseline study - National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering 2018-2019 DSS       X
Emerging Minds - LSAC analysis 2018-2019 PRC X   X X
Evaluation of Third Action Plan to Reduce Violence 2018-2019 DSS X     X
Elder Abuse National Research - Prevalence Study 2019-2020 AGD X   X X
Permanency outcomes - Evidence Scoping Review 2019-2020 DSS X     X
Study on co-parenting styles and arrangements 2019-2020 Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development X   X  
Evaluation of Child and Family Centres 2019-2020 NT Dept of Education X     X
Australian Gambling Research Centre Ongoing Appropriation X X   X
Data Linkage Integration Authority Ongoing Appropriation X X X X
Family Law Research Ongoing Appropriation X     X
Sexual Violence Research Ongoing Appropriation       X
Work and Family Interactions Ongoing Appropriation X X X X

Abbreviations

ABS: Australian Bureau of Statistics

AGD: Attorney-General's Department

ANROWS: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

BNLA: Building a New Life in Australia

CCS: Coordinated Client Support

CQU: Central Queensland University

DET: Department of Education and Training

DHHS: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

DoH: Department of Health

DSS: Department of Social Services

DVA: Department of Veterans' Affairs

HILDA: The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey

LSAC: Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudial Study of Australian Children

PRC: The Parenting Research Centre

QFCC: Queensland Family and Child Commission

SPRC UNSW: Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales

VRGF: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Research highlights

Beyond 18

Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care ran between 2012 and 2018. The study was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with the aim of improving understanding of the factors associated with different pathways when leaving out-of-home care (OOHC).

The Beyond 18 study aimed to do this by exploring young people's preparations for leaving care, their experiences of transition from care and their post-care outcomes.

The Beyond 18 study had four components:

  • Survey of Young People from OOHC
  • three waves of qualitative interviews with participants in the Survey of Young People
  • two online surveys of carers and caseworkers
  • analysis of a data extract from the DHHS Client Relationship Information System database.

The Survey of Young People was Beyond 18's central component. It comprised three waves of an online survey of young people who had spent time in statutory OOHC in Victoria after their 15th birthday. The surveys were undertaken in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. Qualitative interviews with a subset of participants in the Survey of Young People was Beyond 18's other main data source. The interviews took place concurrently with the online surveys and finished mid-2018. The interview data provided a nuanced understanding of young people's experiences and allowed them to share their perspectives on the support they had received when leaving care and what they needed.

Fieldwork for Beyond 18 finished mid-2018 and the final research report (on the results of the Wave 3 survey and interviews) was submitted to DHHS in October 2018.

The research reports on Wave 2 and Wave 3 of the Survey of Young People were published on the AIFS website on 25 June 2019.

Families and Children Expert Panel

The Expert Panel Project aims to help Families and Children (FaC) Activity service providers to better articulate the evidence underpinning their programs and to build program monitoring and evaluation into their routine.

Its ultimate aim is to support evidence-informed programs for parents and children, and help those programs to achieve better outcomes for parents and children.

We do this by providing advice, resources and support to build service providers' capacity to plan, implement and evaluate programs, adopt evidence-based programs when appropriate and relevant to clients' needs, and/or strengthen existing programs.

Activities in 2018/19 included:

  • continuing to work with Communities for Children service providers to assess over 130 programs in relation to the evidence-based criteria
  • providing direct support to FaC Activity service providers in relation to program planning activities
  • continued redevelopment of website content to better integrate Expert Panel, Communities for Children Facilitating Partners (CfC FP) and CFCA content for the benefit of users
  • continued administration and management of the Industry List process and projects
  • initiation and implementation of the 'Building effective partnerships between non-Indigenous FaC providers and Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs)' project, in partnership with SNAICC
  • development and publication of new planning and evaluation resources, including a Needs Assessment resource and an Implementation Practice Guide
  • delivering presentations and workshops at several sector meetings, conferences and forums
  • analysing data for the Evaluation of the Expert Panel project and finalising the interim evaluation report and web summary
  • refining the plan and data collection instruments for phase 2 of the Evaluation of the Expert Panel project.

Pints, Punts 'n' Peers

Despite increasing community concern regarding the normalisation of sports betting and risky drinking among populations of young people, we have limited understanding of the relationship between these behaviours, the contexts in which they co-occur, and how co-consumption contributes to health-related harms.

Researchers from the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) are seeking to address some of these gaps in knowledge via the Pints, Punts 'n' Peers project. Using an online survey and follow-up interviews with young Australians aged 18-35, this study explored topics such as patterns, settings and contexts of simultaneous sports betting and alcohol consumption, and impacts on health and wellbeing.

Findings from this project will help to inform the development of appropriately nuanced and targeted public health prevention strategies, and policy and regulatory responses to address the widespread marketing and availability of sports betting products.

Growing Up in Australia

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) follows the development of 10,000 children and their families in urban and rural areas of Australia and continues to provide insights into the paths Australian children and their families take through life.

Wave 8 fieldwork was completed during 2018/19 and the data is planned for release in 2020. This release will include a number of exciting new measures, including:

  • young people's drug use
  • risk taking
  • work, study and training
  • financial support and financial literacy
  • gender and sexual identity
  • sexual behaviour
  • romantic relationships
  • experiences and perpetration of abuse, bullying and sexual harassment
  • social networks and online activities.

Fieldwork for Wave 9 began in June 2019 and is expected to conclude by August 2021. The LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017, which reported on the first six waves of LSAC data, was released in December 2018. The report highlights the effects of experiences and environments on the prospects and progress of the study children as they move into adolescence. It features chapters on several areas of child and adolescent development and wellbeing, including eating problems in mid-adolescence, adolescent help-seeking, children's housing experiences, use of technology in the classroom and children's use of health services.

Ten to Men

Ten to Men: The Longitudinal Study on Male Health was commissioned by the Australian Government following the 2010 release of the National Male Health Policy.

The study began in 2012 when health and lifestyle information was collected from nearly 16,000 men and boys across the country via surveys and interviews.

Ten to Men is funded by the Department of Health. The first two waves of the study were conducted by the University of Melbourne and AIFS will be managing Wave 3 of the study. Fieldwork for Wave 3 of the study began in 2018/19 and pre-interview testing will be conducted in the coming months. The testing will consist of cognitive testing and focus groups, and will test survey content as well as fieldwork materials such as envelopes and primary approach letters.

Refreshing the Ten to Men data was another key focus for the team in 2018/19 and it is hoped that the new data version will be released via the Australian Data Archive Dataverse platform later in 2019.

Ten to Men also went through a rebrand in the reporting period with a new logo, brand and website. The upgraded Ten to Men website is now able to support exciting and innovative communication products such as videos and podcasts. The new website was launched in June 2019, during Men's Health Week.

Report on performance - Financial activities

Operating results

In accordance with the Australian Government net cash appropriation arrangements, AIFS incurred a deficit for the financial year 2018/19 of $405,387. This deficit is primarily due to the depreciation expense for 2018/19 of $448,535. After adjusting for this item, AIFS would have reported a surplus of $43,148.

See Table 3.7 for a summary of budgeted and actual expenses for 2018/19.

Operating revenue

The total operating revenue was $14,096,672 and consisted of the following:

  • government appropriations of $4,412,000
  • sale of goods and rendering of services of $9,601,719
  • other revenue of $82,952.

Operating expenses

Total operating expenses were $14,502,058 and consisted of:

  • employee costs of $9,823,638
  • supplier expenses of $4,218,110
  • depreciation and amortisation of $448,535
  • loss on sale of assets of $11,777.
Table 3.7: Budgeted and actual expenses for Outcome 1, 2018/19, and budgeted expenses, 2019/20
Outcome 1: Increased understanding of factors affecting how families function by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers, and the broader community Budget 2018/19
$'000
Actual 2018/19 $'000 Variation (column 2 - column 1)
$'000
Budget 2019/20 $'000
Program 1.1: Australian Institute of Family Studies        
Departmental expenses        
Departmental appropriation 14,708 14,021 687 15,428
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 379 481 (102) 532
Total for Program 1.1 15,087 14,502 585 15,960
Outcome 1 totals by appropriation type
Departmental expenses        
Departmental appropriation 14,708 14,021 687 15,428
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 379 481 (102) 532
Total expenses for Outcome 1 15,087 14,502 585 15,960
  2018/19 2018/19 2018/19 2019/20
Average staffing level1 82 79 (3) 82

Note:

  1. The headcount and average staffing level are not the same measure. The headcount is the total number of employees at 30 June 2019. The average staffing level is an average over the financial year.

Balance sheet

Net asset position

The net asset position at 30 June 2019 was $2,254,938 (2018: $2,389,115).

Total assets

Total assets at 30 June 2019 were $13,251,596 (2018: $11,131,457). Financial assets increased by $2,120,139. This increase in financial assets was mainly due to an increase in the amount of Section 74 receipts received at the end of June 2019. Non-financial assets increased by $221,446. The increase in non-financial assets is mainly due to purchase of capital assets mostly video and telephony systems following the move to new premises in 2018 and an increase in prepayments.

Total liabilities

Total liabilities at 30 June 2019 were $10,996,658 (2018: $8,742,342). The increase is mainly due to a higher level of unearned revenue of $2,112,059 and increases in employee provisions of $95,645.

4. Management and accountability

Management accountability is achieved with the support of the Corporate Services area of the Institute.

Corporate Services provides a range of enabling functions to assist us to meet our goals, through the ongoing improvement and application of financial, administrative, human resources, communications and information management and technology policies and practices.

Accountability is met through our internal management committee, advisory and governance committees, staff and management committees, including the Senior Leadership Group, robust reporting processes, internal and external audits, the Business Continuity Plan and policies and guidelines under the Protective Security Policy Framework.

Corporate governance

We operate under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The corporate focus throughout 2018/19 was the effective maintenance of high standards of governance, accountability and reporting in order to fulfil all PGPA requirements and build organisational capacity to achieve our research and communication objectives. This corporate oversight is conducted through senior management committees (detailed below).

The Family Law Act 1975 sets out our role, functions and governance arrangements. During 2018/19, the responsible minister for AIFS was the Hon. Dan Tehan (until 28 August 2018), the Hon. Paul Fletcher (until 29 May 2019) and Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston.

Fraud control

During the financial year 2018/19, no fraud was identified. The next fraud risk assessment is scheduled to be conducted in 2019/20.

Annual Report 2018/19 Fraud Control Certification

In accordance with section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, I, Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, hereby certify that I am satisfied that the Institute has:

  • undertaken a fraud risk assessment and updated the fraud control plan
  • put in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, and reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the Institute
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the Institute.

AIFS Director Anne Hollonds's signature

Anne Hollonds,
Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
06 September 2019

Senior executive members

Ms Anne Hollonds is the Director of the Institute reporting to the Minister for Social Services. Two Deputy Directors assist the Director in leading and managing AIFS. Dr Michael Alexander has been the Deputy Director (Corporate Services) since January 2016. Ms Kelly Hand has been the Deputy Director (Research) since February 2017.

Senior management groups

The Director has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the Institute. A number of groups are in place to support this function.

Executive Group

The Executive group leads and coordinates all aspects of the research and corporate functions of the Institute. It comprises the Director and the two Deputy Directors.

Senior Leadership Group

The Senior Leadership Group comprises the Executive and Senior Managers from the corporate and research areas. The group is a strategic leadership forum providing advice to the Director and Deputy Directors.

Governance committees and advisory groups

We support sound management of our accountability and ethical and legislative responsibilities through the Risk Assessment and Audit Committee, and the Human Research Ethics Committee. We also have numerous research advisory groups providing advice on the research projects.

Risk Assessment and Audit Committee

The Risk Assessment and Audit Committee reports to the Director and plays a key role in our corporate governance. It helps ensure effective and efficient use of resources by reviewing the performance and operations of internal controls and performance management systems. It approves our internal audit program and advises the Executive on risk fraud compliance and performance. It also provides assurance to the Director on preparing and reviewing financial statements. An external member chairs the committee. Membership includes the two Deputy Directors and three independent members external to the Institute. The committee met four times during 2018/19, addressing a range of issues including the review of budgets.

Risk Assessment and Audit Committee members, 2018/19
  • Dennis Mihelyi (Chair), Chief Financial Officer, Australian Building and Construction Commission
  • Brian Scammell (Member), Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Group, Productivity Commission
  • Matthew Zappulla (Member), Technical Director, Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
  • Kelly Hand (Member), Deputy Director (Research), AIFS
  • Dr Michael Alexander (Member), Deputy Director (Corporate Services), AIFS
  • Anne Hollonds (Observer), Director, AIFS
  • Malcolm Williamson (Observer), Chief Financial Officer, AIFS

Human Research Ethics Committee

The role of our Human Research Ethics Committee is to ensure the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans, and elaborated in our ethics statement, Ethical Issues in the Research Process (1996), are met in all research projects undertaken by us.

In particular, the committee must ensure projects meet the three key principles of: respect for persons, beneficence and justice, as set down in the National Statement. The committee is registered with the Australian Health Ethics Committee, a sub-committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Ethics Committee meets to consider new project proposals, receive brief oral and written reports on ongoing projects, consider any complaints or problems that may have arisen regarding ethical issues in our research, and review the complaints procedures, as required.

The committee met six times in 2018/19 and undertook expedited considerations on one occasion, assessing 20 ethics applications for new, revised or extended research projects. The committee has an expedited review process in place for projects that need approval between meetings of the committee.

Members of the Ethics Committee are appointed for three-year terms, with the exception of one member who has sought an extension of their appointment for a shorter term.

Human Research Ethics Committee members, 2018/19
  • Dr Duncan Ironmonger AM (Chair), BCom, MCom (Melb.); PhD (Cambridge); Department of Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Richard Ingleby, MA, DPhil (Oxford); LLM (Cambridge); Visiting Professor, North China University of Technology
  • Ms Lorraine Parsons, BA (La Trobe); BSW (La Trobe); Grad. Cert. Management (Curtin)
  • Rev. John Lamont, BA (La Trobe); BTheol (United Faculty of Theology, Ormond College)
  • Dr Sarah Wise, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Melb.); Good Childhood Fellow, Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne/Berry Street
  • Victoria Triggs, BA (Melb.), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin. (Melb.), Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria), Grad. Dip. Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Karena Jessup, BA (UTas), BTeach(Hons) (UTas), PhD (UTas), Senior Manager, Survey Research, The Australian Institute of Family Studies (Appointed September 2018)
  • Ms Carol Soloff, BSc (Hons) Australian National University
  • Mr Ian Walker

AIFS Expert Advisory Committee

The title and terms of reference of the old 'Advisory Council' were reviewed in October 2017. The future of this group is under consideration.

Corporate and statutory reporting

During 2018/19 we continued to refine and strengthen our planning processes in order to make our reporting outputs more robust, including ongoing improvements to our budget development and review and monitoring processes. These initiatives continue to bring together a range of corporate and communications priorities, and have contributed to robust compliance standards and reporting performance against outcomes.

In August 2018 we published our fourth Corporate (Agency) Plan for 2018/19 to 2021/22, as required under the PGPA Act. We spent much of 2018/19 implementing the plan's strategic priorities.

We undertook a deep-dive review of the Strategic Directions in the second quarter of 2018/19. This period marked the mid-point in the Strategic Direction's lifecycle and the review involved:

  • developing a deeper understanding or 'theory' of the AIFS impact pathway; that is, mapping how what we do (activity) leads to positive outcomes for children and families (impact)
  • reviewing the Strategic Directions and yearly initiatives against this theory or understanding
  • reviewing our performance and impact measures, specifically whether current performance measures were fit for purpose.

This review resulted in:

  • an overarching 'theory of change' within which AIFS' Strategic Directions and yearly initiatives are situated
  • a revised performance measurement and reporting framework
  • revised performance measures
  • identification of priority strategic initiatives for the current year

Risk management

In 2018/19 we have undertaken a number of activities to strengthen our approach to risk management.

Initially, we reviewed the questions in the Comcover Risk Management Benchmarking Survey to identify practical and immediate ways in which we could improve the risk management maturity of the Institute across the nine elements of the Commonwealth's Risk Management Framework. Some initiatives were implemented in the lead up to the survey - including the development of AIFS' risk appetite and risk tolerances - while the remainder formed the basis for our risk management plan to be implemented throughout 2019. This led to an increased maturity in seven of the elements in our 2019 Comcover Risk Management Benchmarking Survey results.

Improving our risk management practice and developing a positive risk culture is an important focus for the Institute. Comcover considers a positive risk culture to exist in an organisation when 'officials understand the risks their entity faces and consistently make appropriate risk-based decisions aligned with the entity's risk appetite and tolerance'.

The initiation of risk culture assessments via a light-touch 'taking the pulse' survey began in April. Responses to risk questions on last year's APS Employee Census indicated quite a high number of staff were unaware of how risk was managed within AIFS. By doing a brief in-house survey we gained some insight into our current risk culture, which we can use as a benchmark over time and to foster greater awareness of AIFS risk appetite and risk tolerances as part of business as usual activity.

In September 2018, we undertook a substantial review of all enterprise-level risks. Subsequent to the review, we assigned each risk to a risk owner and identified the frequency with which each risk should be identified (such as annually, biannually or quarterly). A risk review reporting template has been developed for this task and each reviewed risk is now considered by the Senior Leadership Group (SLG). The eight key enterprise risks are reviewed by the SLG each month.

Our risk management plan includes a major review of our Risk Management Framework. As a first step, we cast a wide net to identify different ways in which other organisations, including other Australian Government agencies, structured and implemented their frameworks. In 2019/20 we will use this information to substantially redesign our own framework, which hasn't been substantially changed in 12 years.

Internal audit

During 2018/19, two reviews were undertaken by the internal auditors, namely reviews of our Information Management Security and Payroll practices and our compliance to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and related legislation. Both reviews confirmed that we have maintained, in all material respects, effective control procedures.

We currently engage BDO East Coast Partnership to provide internal audits.

Business continuity

We completed a major review and update of our Business Continuity Plan. In the event of a critical incident the plan provides the necessary guidelines to enable us to:

  • take appropriate action to safeguard staff and property
  • take action to prevent or minimise potential disruption to critical business processes
  • plan and effectively manage the recovery of operations of the business to a satisfactory level.

A scenario planning exercise was undertaken by the Business Continuity Management Team in February 2019 to test the new documentation.

Protective Security Policy Framework

The Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) underwent a major update in 2018/19 with the first changes coming into effect in December 2018. All staff attended mandatory training in December 2018 and January 2019 following the changes. We will continue to implement and adhere to the core PSPF requirements in accordance with the new guidelines published by AGD.

Privacy

During 2018/19, we implemented the first year of our Privacy Management Plan to comply with the requirements of the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code 2018 (Code) and Australian Privacy Principle 1.2. We tailored the plan to the specific needs of our agency. In the last year we focused on updating our Privacy Management Policy, which details how we manage personal information. We also provided privacy training to all AIFS staff around their obligations under the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles.

We were not subject to any decisions by the Australian Information Commissioner in 2018/19.

Ethical standards

We continue to take actions designed to integrate the APS Values into the organisational culture and the day-to-day work of all employees. The obligations of employees to uphold the APS Values and abide by the APS Code of Conduct are:

  • promoted in staff induction and training
  • applied to human resource management processes, including individual performance plans
  • reflected in human resource policies and procedures, which are made available to all employees on our intranet.

External scrutiny

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performs an annual statutory audit of our financial statements. In addition, an independent contractor conducts a program of internal audit reviews (BDO East Coast Partnership). The outcomes of all audits are presented to the Risk Assessment and Audit Committee and plans developed for the implementation of recommendations and the ongoing monitoring of resultant actions for improved processes.

In 2018/19, we were not subject to reports by the Auditor-General, parliamentary committees or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

We do not have statutory administrative decision-making powers and were not subject to any judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals in 2018/19.

Management of human resources

Employee skills and qualifications

We are fortunate to have employees with a great diversity of skills, knowledge and experience. This ranges from research knowledge in multiple disciplines - including social science, psychology, family law, child and adolescent development, criminology, demography, economics, statistics and survey design - to management skills such as commercial contract negotiation, project management, financial and human resource management, information technology and communications. This diversity of knowledge and expertise exemplifies one of the benefits of working in a small organisation. These skills are known and, as such, can be used across a number of facets of our operations.

Figures 4.1 and 4.2 show, respectively, the highest qualifications gained by our employees overall and by those employed in the research area.

Figure 4.1: Employee qualifications as at 30 June 2019

Figure 4.1: Employee qualifications as at 30 June 2019

Figure 4.2: Research employee qualifications as at 30 June 2019

Figure 4.2: Research employee qualifications as at 30 June 2019

Credit: Australian Institute of Family Studies 2019 (aifs.gov.au/copyright)


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Workforce planning

In 2018/19, we continued to develop our capacity to plan and respond to changing workforce needs. Building capacity and other workforce issues, including increasing the diversity of our workforce, will continue to be an area of focus in 2019/20.

Learning and development

The primary focus of learning and development activities is to ensure that we have the organisational capability to meet operational objectives, both now and in the future.

During the year, staff development covered a range of topics including leadership, research and analysis tools, privacy, interpersonal skills and wellbeing. The effectiveness of the training provided was evaluated after each course and in the performance reviews conducted between managers and individuals.

We also continue to provide professional development opportunities for employees via professional memberships, attendance at conferences and support for formal study.

Recruitment

Our recruitment in 2018/19 focused on specialist research positions, including key positions in knowledge translation, data analysis and management, and longitudinal studies. Our vacancies were advertised via online channels including the APS Jobs site and our social media pages.

Staff engagement, participation and development

We recognise the vital contribution our people make to the achievement of our purpose and the importance of staff being engaged with their work, participating in the workplace, and developing professionally.

AIFS ranked in the top 10 agencies in the Australian Public Service in 2018 in the categories of staff wellbeing, engagement and innovation (Source: APS Employee Census). These results are evidence of the large amount of work undertaken to respond to staff concerns. Successful initiatives include:

  • building management capability
  • improved internal communication
  • a more coordinated approach to change management
  • a focus on wellbeing initiatives.

In 2018/19 AIFS was shortlisted as a finalist in the IPAA 'Public Sector Innovation' Awards 2019 in the category of Culture and Capability in recognition of our internal culture transformation.

AIFS is now a better place to work, with 81% of staff reporting that they would recommend AIFS as a good place to work (up from 36% in 2016).

AIFS Values

In 2018/19 we worked to embed our AIFS Values and Behaviours, which along with the APS Values, help to shape our culture and guide us towards achieving our purpose. AIFS' five values and behaviours are:

Champions of our work and each other

We want everyone's boat to rise: We take collective pride in each other's work and success.

Excellence for impact

We are committed to producing excellent work that makes a difference for families.

Fearless and curious explorers

We value experimentation, creativity and ongoing learnings.

Honest and respectful conversations

We are authentic and have meaningful conversations including the tough ones.

Seeing the lighter side

We value collegiality, humour and fun.

Workplace Relations Committee

The Workplace Relations Committee provides a forum for management and employees to discuss matters relating to the Enterprise Agreement as well as the workplace in general. The committee comprises management and employee representatives. The Committee's work in 2018/19 focused on staff consultation on policies supporting the 2017 Enterprise Agreement, which commenced in June 2017.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee was established to represent staff and facilitate consultation and discussion between management and employees regarding health and safety matters in the workplace. Committee meetings are held at least quarterly and provide an effective forum for staff to raise particular health and safety issues as well as the planning and promotion of health and safety practices and principles in the workplace.

Statistics on staffing

As at 30 June 2019, there were 104 staff - 22 males and 82 females - employed at the Institute under the Public Service Act 1999, excluding the Director.

Table 4.1 and Table 4.2 present profiles of our staff by gender and type of employment at 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2018 respectively. As Table 4.1 indicates, at 30 June 2019 we had 32% of staff in ongoing positions and 68% of staff in non-ongoing positions. This represents an increase in non-ongoing staff of 11 percentage points compared to the previous year, reflecting rapid growth stemming from the commencement of new projects. Table 4.3 describes staff by classification level, gender and type of employment as at 30 June 2019.

Table 4.1: Staffing overview - Actual ongoing and non-ongoing full-time and part-time staff, by gender, at 30 June 2019
  Ongoing Non-ongoing Totals
Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time
Male 8 0 10 4 22
Female 14 11 32 25 82
Total number 22 11 42 29 104
% of all staff 21 11 40 28 100

Note: Excludes employees engaged to provide services to us on an irregular/intermittent (casual) basis.

Table 4.2: Staffing overview - Actual ongoing and non-ongoing full-time and part-time staff, by gender, at 30 June 2018
  Ongoing Non-ongoing Totals
Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time
Male 6 1 8 5 20
Female 14 15 17 21 67
Total number 20 16 25 26 87
% of all staff 23 18 29 30 100

Note: Excludes employees engaged to provide services to us on an irregular/intermittent (casual) basis.

Table 4.3: Staffing overview - Actual ongoing and non-ongoing staff, by classification level and gender, at 30 June 2019
Classification AIFS classification Ongoing Non-ongoing Total % of all staff
Male Female Male Female
SES Band 1 SES Band 1 1 1 0 0 2 2
Executive Level 2 AIFS EL2 2 11 2 4 19 19
Executive Level 1 AIFS EL1 4 6 2 9 21 20
APS6 AIFS Band 5-6 1 6 4 21 32 30
APS5 AIFS Band 5-6 0 2 4 13 19 18
APS4 AIFS Band 3-4 0 1 1 5 7 7
APS3 AIFS Band 3-4 0 0 1 3 4 4
APS2 AIFS Band 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
APS1 AIFS Band 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   8 27 14 55 104 100
% of all staff   8 26 13 53 100  

Note: Eleven employees on higher duties were counted at the higher duties level. Excludes employees engaged to provide services to us on an irregular/intermittent (casual) basis.

Employees who identify as Indigenous

As at 30 June 2019 we had no ongoing or non-ongoing employees who identified as Indigenous, the same as at 30 June 2018.

Individual and collective agreements

Details of the number of staff covered by our Enterprise Agreement or a Section 24(1) determination at 30 June 2019 are shown in Table 4.4.

Performance pay

No employees were eligible for performance pay in 2018/19.

Table 4.4: Number of staff covered by different employment agreements, at 30 June 2019
Type of agreement No. of staff
Enterprise Agreement 102
Section 24(1) determination 2

Note: Two EL 2 employees covered by the Enterprise Agreement have been provided with Section 24(1) determinations to supplement the provisions of the Enterprise Agreement. The number of staff excludes employees engaged to provide services to us on an irregular/intermittent (casual) basis.

Table 4.5: Remuneration of key management personnel
  Base salary1
$
Bonuses1
$
Other benefits & allowances1
$
Super-annuation contributions2
$
Long service leave3
$
Other long-term benefits3
$
Termi-nation benefits
$
Total remun-eration
$
Anne Hollonds
Director
331,399 - 37,892 41,863 5,973 - - 417,126
Michael Alexander
Deputy Director
169,830 - (6,282) 31,824 6,377 - - 201,749
Kelly Hand
Deputy Director
169,830 - 8,924 31,872 6,637 - - 217,264
Total 671,059 - 40,534 105,559 18,987 - - 836,139

Notes:

  1. Short-term benefits
  2. Post-employment benefits
  3. Other long-term benefits.

Assets management

We maintain a detailed and effective assets register. Assets management is not a significant aspect of our strategic business.

Purchasing

All purchasing is carried out in line with the requirements of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, as detailed in the Accountable Authority's Instructions and Financial Guidelines, and in keeping with the core principles of ethical, efficient, effective and economical conduct. Templates covering all aspects of purchasing and approval have been developed and are used consistently.

All procurements in excess of $10,000 are reported in AusTender, and contracts in excess of $100,000 are included in Senate Order 192 reporting.

Consultants

Our core business, to conduct research and communicate the findings, can require the use of consultant expertise. Consultants are generally engaged when particular specialist expertise is necessary and sufficiently skilled expertise is not immediately available in-house, or independent advice is required.

The services provided by new and continuing consultants in the reporting period included website content governance services, the review and audit of financial activities, human resources and business process analyses, as well as media relations services.

Processes for the engagement of consultants were consistent with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, as detailed in the Financial Guidelines. As with all procurement, the priority in the engagement of consultants is to obtain value for money. Competitive processes are used for the selection of consultants, and the Accountable Authority's Instructions contained guidelines for the approval of expenditure.

Consistent with the policy of including trend data in annual reports, expenditure on consultancy contracts over the three most recent financial years is listed in Table 4.6.

Table 4.6: Expenditure on consultancy contracts over 2016/17 to 2018/19 (incl. GST)
Financial year Consultancy contract expenditure $
2016/17 386,888
2017/18 366,279
2018/19 232,790

During 2018/19, three new consultancy contracts were entered into (including those to the value of less than $10,000), involving total actual expenditure of $89,842 (incl. GST). In addition, five ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the year, involving total actual expenditure of $142,948 (incl. GST). Expenditure for the year totalled $232,790 (incl. GST).


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The Annual Report contains information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies over $10,000 is available on the AusTender website.

Commissioning bodies

During the 2018/19 financial year, the following organisations commissioned projects from the Institute:

  • Attorney-General's Department
  • Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Ltd
  • Centracare South West NSW
  • Central Queensland University
  • Department of Education, Northern Territory
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Economic and Social Research Council UK
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health
  • Northern Territory Government
  • Parenting Research Centre
  • Queensland Family Child Commission
  • RMIT Training Pty Ltd
  • Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • University of New South Wales (Social Policy Research Centre)
  • Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
  • Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Australian National Audit Office access clauses

Our contract templates contain standard clauses to provide for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises. All contracts let during the reporting period contained these standard clauses.

Exempt contracts

We have not entered into any contracts or standing offers above the reporting threshold value of $10,000 that have been exempted from publication in AusTender.

Procurement initiatives to support small business

We support small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Our procurement practices support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by using the following:

  • the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low-risk procurements valued under $200,000
  • Australian Industry Participation Plans in whole-of-government procurement where applicable
  • the Small Business Engagement Principles (outlined in the government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda), such as communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format
  • electronic systems or other processes used to facilitate on-time payment performance, including the use of payment cards.


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SME and small enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance's website.

5. Financial statements

Due to their size and format the Financial statements are only available in PDF.

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If you require an accessible version of the statements please contact us and we will endeavour to provide the content you need in a format you can use.

6. Appendices

Appendix A: Other mandatory information

Work health and safety

We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, and meeting its responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. See 'Management and accountability' for our workplace health and safety policies, processes and performance.

Advertising and market research

No payments of $13,200 or greater (inclusive of GST) were made for the purposes of advertising and market research expenditure, as described in section 321A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Our management and staff continue to be committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

The HWT Tower in which we are located has a 4.5 star NABERS energy rating. Lighting throughout our office is sensitive to movement, meaning it will automatically turn off after a set period of no activity and only turn back on when movement is detected to reduce energy usage on unnecessary lighting. In November we installed block-out blinds on all north and west facing windows to reduce heat transmission in the warmer months.

Other energy efficient practices, such as staff shutting down their computers at the end of the day continue to be encouraged, together with ensuring all office equipment and appliances conform to environmental standards.

Meaningful comparison of electricity consumption within the tenancy with previous years is not possible yet as we have only just completed our first 12 months occupancy, although we are confident that our consumption is less than our previous tenancy due to our reduced footprint (from 1,532 m2 over 1.5 floors to 1,290 m2 over a single floor).

Adverse effects due to transport (causing emissions to the air and use of resources) continue to be mostly due to domestic airline flights. The proximity of our office to train and tram networks enables the majority of staff to take public transport to and from the office. Webinars continue to be very popular and regularly replace face-to-face seminar presentations, extending their reach and reducing the need for people to travel to the Institute to hear them. Installation of new state of the art video-conferencing equipment in late 2018 has meant reduced travel for both staff and key stakeholders as it is now very easy to participate in meetings from our office.

Paper consumption (use of natural resources) is minimised by using recycled paper and ensuring that the office printers default to using both sides of the paper. Two new Konica Minolta printers were installed in February 2019 providing updated technology, reduced consumption of resources during use and more granular reporting of print usage.

Paper use in 2018/19 (number of printer/copier impressions) decreased by 16.22%. This continues the decreased usage reported over the previous three years.

Our transition to digital working in line with the Australian Government's digital transition and digital continuity 2020 policies is continuing. All staff now use laptop computers, meaning they can be fully mobile when they work, with less need to print or store hardcopy records.

Waste generation is reduced by the separation of paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and organic waste at waste stations throughout the tenancy.

Disability reporting

Since 1994, Commonwealth departments and agencies have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007/08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission's State of the Service Report and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available from the Commission's website (see apsc.gov.au). Since 2010/11, departments and agencies have not been required to report on these functions.

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by a new National Disability Strategy 2010-20, which sets out a 10-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with a disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high-level two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with a disability are faring. The first of these reports was published in late 2014 (see dss.gov.au).

Information Publication Scheme

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a Section 8 statement in an annual report. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.

Although no new requests were received in 2018/19, a decision made in 2017/18 was reviewed and upheld by the Office of Australian Information Commissioner.

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Contact details

FOI Contact Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Level 4, 40 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006

Telephone (03) 9214 7888
Facsimile (03) 9214 7839
Email aifs-foi@aifs.gov.au

Appendix B: Agency resource statements and resources for outcomes

Table B1: Agency resource statement 2018/19
    Actual available appropriation for 2018/19
$ (a)
Payments made 2018/19
$ (b)
Balance remaining 2018/19
$ (a) – (b)
Ordinary annual services1        
Departmental appropriation2   23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106
Total   23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106
Total ordinary annual services A 23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106
Other services3        
Departmental non-operating        
Equity injections4   - -
Total   - -
Total other services B - -
Total available annual appropriations and payments   23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106
Special appropriations        
Total special appropriations C
Special accounts5        
Total special accounts D
Total resourcing and payments A+B+C+D   23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106
Less appropriations drawn from annual or special appropriations above and credited to special accounts through annual appropriations  
Total net resourcing and payments for AIFS   23,263,333 14,908,227 8,355,106

Notes:

  1. Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2018/19 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2018/19 (and Appropriation Act (No. 5) 2018/19 if necessary). This may also include prior year departmental appropriation and Section 74 Retained Revenue Receipts.
  2. Includes an amount of $0.189 million in 2018/19 for the Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as 'contributions by owners'.
  3. Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2018/19 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2018/19 (and Appropriation Act (No. 6) 2018/19 if necessary).
  4. Includes appropriation equity provided through Appropriation Bill (No.2) 2018/19.
  5. Does not include 'Special Public Money' held in accounts like Services for Other Entities and Trust Moneys Special accounts (SOETM).
Table B2: Budgeted expenses and resources for Outcome 1, 2018/19
Outcome 1: Increased understanding of factors affecting how families function by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers, and the broader community Budget 11 2018/19
$’000
Actual expenses 2018/19
$’000 (b)
Variation 2018/19
$’000 (a) – (b)
Program 1.1: Australian Institute of Family Studies      
Departmental expenses      
Departmental appropriation2 14,708 14,021 687
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 379 481 (102)
Total for Program 1.1 15,087 14,502 585
  2018/19 2018/19 2018/19
Average staffing level (number) 82 79 (3)

Notes:

  1. Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2018/19 Budget at Additional Estimates.
  2. Departmental Appropriation combines Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Acts Nos. 1, 3 and 5) and Retained Revenue Receipts under Section 74 of the PGPA Act 2013.

Appendix C: AIFS publications, events, webinars, presentations and submissions 2018/19

The following are the research publications, presentations and other outputs prepared by AIFS staff during 2018/19.

Publications

Australian Institute of Family Studies. (2018). Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australian Institute of Family Studies. (2018). Annual report 2017/18. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australian Institute of Family Studies. (2018). Growing Up in Australia - The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children annual statistical report 2017. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australian Institute of Family Studies. (2018). Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Data User Guide - December 2018. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australian Institute of Family Studies. (2018). Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: Data issues Waves 1 to 7. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Bandara, D., Sipthorp, M., Sufi, F., & Daraganova, G. (2018). Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Technical Paper No. 21). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter. J. A. (2018). Parents living elsewhere (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Technical Paper No. 22). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter, J. A. (2018). Who do adolescents spend their time with? In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia - The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 25-34). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter, J. A. (2019). Fathers and work: A statistical overview (AIFS Research Summary). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Browne, M., Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Thomas, A., & Jenkinson, R. (2019). The impact of exposure to wagering advertisements and inducements on intended and actual betting expenditure: An ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8, 146-156.

Carson, R. (2019). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the Children and Young People in Separated Families project. CFCA short article. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Carson, R., Qu, L., De Maio, J., & Roopani, D. (2019). Direct cross-examination in family law matters (AIFS Research Summary). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Child Family Community Australia. (2018). Digital technology use in the child, youth and family sector (CFCA Resource Sheet). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Child Family Community Australia. (2018). The intersection between the child protection and youth justice systems (CFCA Resource Sheet). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Daraganova, G., Smart, D., & Romaniuk, H. (2018). Family Wellbeing Study: Part 1: Families of current and ex-serving ADF members: Health and wellbeing. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Dean, A. (2019). Elder abuse: Key issues and emerging evidence (CFCA Paper No. 51). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Edwards, B., Forrest, W., Vassallo, S., Greenwood, C., & Olsson, C. A. (2019). Depression and anxiety in adolescent and young adult offenders: A longitudinal study from 13 to 32 years using the Australian Temperament Project. Journal of Criminal Justice, 62, 87-93.

El-Murr, A. (2018). Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities: Scoping review of issues and service responses (CFCA Paper No. 50). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Forrest, W., Edwards, B., & Daraganova, G. (2019). The intergenerational consequences of war: Anxiety, depression, suicidality, and mental health among the children of war veterans. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47, 1060-1067.

Gray, M., Qu, L., Stanton, D., & Weston, R. (2019). Fifty years of changing families: Implications for income support. In P. Saunders (Ed.), Revisiting Henderson: Poverty, social security and basic income (pp. 67-88). Carlton: Melbourne University Publishing.

Gray, S., & Daraganova, G. (2018). Adolescent help-seeking. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia - The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 59-72). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Gray, S., Romaniuk, H., & Daraganova, G. (2018). Adolescents' relationships with their peers. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia - The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 47-58). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Gribble, R., Mahar, A., Godfrey, K. Muir, S., Albright, D., Daraganova, G., Spinks, N., Fear, N., & Cramm, H. (2018). What does the term 'military family' mean? A comparison across four countries. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.

Harvey, J., & Muir, S. (2018). National survey of FaRS-funded service providers (Research Report). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hateley-Browne, J., Hodge, L., Polimeni, M., & Mildon, R. (2019). Implementation in action: A guide to implementing evidence-informed programs and practices (Families and Children Expert Panel Practice Resource). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hervatin, M., (2019). Working with fathers who use violence: Highlights from the Invisible Practices project. Emerging Minds short article. Adelaide: Emerging Minds.

Hing, N., Browne M., Russell, A. M. T., Greer N., Thomas, A., Jenkinson, R., & Rockloff, M. (2019). Where's the bonus in bonus bets? Assessing sports bettors' comprehension of their true cost. Journal of Gambling Studies, 35, 587-599.

Hing, N., Russell, A., Rockloff, M., Browne, M., Langham, E., Li, E., Lole, L., Greer, N., Thomas, A., Jenkinson, R., Rawat, V., & Thorne, H. (2018). Effects of wagering marketing on vulnerable adults. Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Hing N., Russell, A., Thomas, A., & Jenkinson, R. (2019). Wagering advertisements and inducements: Exposure and perceived influence on betting behaviour. Journal of Gambling Behaviour. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-018-09823-y.

Homel, J., & Warren, D. (2018). The relationship between parent drinking: Differences for mothers and fathers, boys and girls. Substance use and misuse, 54, 661-669.

Humphreys, C., Diemer, K., Bornemisza, A., Spiteri-Staines, A., Kaspiew, R., & Horsfall, B. (2019). More present than absent: Men who use domestic violence and their fathering. Child and Family Social Work, 24, 321-329.

Jenkinson, R., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Carroll, M. (2018). Weighing up the Odds: Young men, sports and betting. Final Report to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Jenkinson, R., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Carroll, M. (2019). Weighing up the odds: Sports betting and young men (AGRC Research Summary). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Livingstone, C., Rintoul, A., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., Borland, R., Dietze, P., Jenkinson, R., Livingston, M., Robin Room, R., Smith, B., Stoove, M., & Winter, R. (2019). Identifying effective policy interventions to prevent gambling-related harm. Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

McLean, S. (2018). Therapeutic residential care: An update on current issues in Australia (CFCA Paper No. 49). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Muir, S. (2018). Family Wellbeing Study: Part 2: Military family approaches to managing transition to civilian life. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Muir, S., Purtell, J., Hand, K., & Carroll, M. (2019). Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care Wave 3 Research Report: Outcomes for young people leaving care in Victoria. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

O'Connor, M., Warren, D., & Daraganova, G. (2018). Eating problems in mid-adolescence. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 113-124). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Price-Robertson, R. (2018). Diagnosis in child mental health: Exploring the benefits, risks and alternatives (CFCA Paper No. 48). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Price-Robertson, R., Meddick, T., & Parker, E. (2019). Supporting staff to work with children and families with complex needs: A checklist for organisations. Adelaide: Emerging Minds.

Price-Robertson, R., Reupert, A., & Maybery, D. (2019). Online peer support programs for young people with a parent who has a mental illness: Service providers' perspectives. Australian Social Work, 72, 274-286.

Price-Robertson, R, & Schuurman, C. (2019). Supporting children in families with complex needs: Nine tips for practitioners who feel out of their depth. Adelaide: Emerging Minds.

Purtell, J., Muir, S., & Carroll, M. (2019). Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care Wave 2 Research Report: Transitioning to post-care life. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L. (2019). Family dispute resolution: Use, timing, and outcomes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 40, 24-42.

Rintoul, A., & Deblaquiere, J. (2019). Gambling in Suburban Australia (AGRC Research Report). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Rioseco, P., Baxter, J., & Warren, D. (2018). Kids' care and activities before and after school. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 87-98). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Smart, J. (2019). Needs Assessment (Families and Children Expert Panel Practice Resource). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Smart, D., Muir, S., & Daraganova, G. (2018). Family Wellbeing Study: Summary report. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Vassallo, S., Sanson, A., Letcher, P., & Olsson, C. A. (2018). What factors protect bullies and victims from adverse outcomes? APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists' e-NEWS.

Vassallo, Smart, D., Tan. E. P., Barker, S., & Letcher, P. (2018). Australian Temperament Project participant newsletter, December 2018. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Vassallo, S., & Warren, D. (2018). Use of technology in the classroom. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 99-112). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Warren, D. (2018). Children's housing experiences. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 9-24). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Warren, D. (2018). Children's use of health services. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 125-142). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Warren, D., Daraganova, G., & O'Connor, M. (2018). Preschool and children's readiness for school. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 73-86). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Whitehouse, G., Baird, M., Brennan, D., & Baxter, J. A. (2018). Australia country note. In S. Blum, A. Koslowski, A. Macht, & P. Moss (Eds.), International review of leave policies and research 2018 (pp. 45-56). London: International Network on Leave Policies and Related Research.

Yu, M., & Baxter, J. (2018). Relationships between parents and young teens. In D. Warren and G. Daraganova (Eds.), Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Annual Statistical Report 2017 (pp. 35-46). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Updated CFCA resource sheets

Children in care (September 2018)

The economic costs of child abuse and neglect (September 2018)

What is child abuse and neglect? (September 2018)

Helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and parents (December 2018)

Child protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (January 2019)

Reporting child abuse and neglect: Information for service providers (June 2019)

Events and webinars

AIFS events

Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 25-27 July 2018.

Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation. Workshop: Bendigo (15-16 August 2018).

Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation. Workshop: Albury (22-23 August 2018).

'Voices of children and young people in family law' Forum, hosted by the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Hobart (29 October 2018).

Stephen Crossley, Northumbria University. 'Troubled families' or a 'troubling policy'? Lessons to be learnt from the UK's Troubled Families Programme, 28 November 2018.

Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre. Policy Design Masterclass, 19 March 2019.

Lisa Calderwood, Longitudinal Study of Young People in England. Teenagers in the UK today: Initial findings from the age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study, 10 April 2019.

Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation. Workshop: Wagga Wagga (30 April - 1 May 2019)

'Family law in Australia: Where to from here?' Discussion panel, Melbourne (6 June 2019)

CFCA webinar series

Muriel Bamblett, VACCA; Candice Butler, QATSICPP. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection, 18 July 2018.

Peter Parry, University of Queensland. Diagnosing children with mental health difficulties: Benefits, risks and complexities, 2 August 2018.

Rachel Carson, AIFS; Norma Williams, UnitingCare. Give children a bigger voice more of the time: Children's and young people's experiences of the family law system, 27 September 2018.

Jessica Cocks, Life Without Barriers. 'A community that values its children will cherish their parents': Family inclusion in child protection systems, 24 October 2018.

Andrew Cummings, Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network; Sally Thompson, Multicultural Youth Tasmania. Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Applying the National Youth Settlement Framework in mainstream services, 28 November 2018.

Erica Frydenberg, Janice Deans, University of Melbourne. Building resilience and wellbeing in the early years: Coping strategies for parents and children from CALD backgrounds, 27 February 2019.

Alissar El-Murr, AIFS; Adele Murdolo, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health; Cecilia Barassi-Rubio, Immigrant Women's Support Service. Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee and immigrant communities: Culturally safe strategies for practice, 27 March 2019.

Paul McDonald, Anglicare Victoria; Philip Mendes, Monash University. Extending care: Supporting young people's transition from out-of-home care to adulthood, 15 May 2019.

CFCA-Emerging Minds webinar series

Brad Morgan, Helen Francis, Jaisen Mahne, Emerging Minds. What is infant and child mental health and why is it important for all practitioners to think about it? 9 October 2018.

Chris Dolman, Lisa Johnson, Dom Kleinig, Emerging Minds. Engaging children as partners in practice to support their mental health and wellbeing, 12 December 2018.

Angela Obradovic, Myfanwy McDonald and Mandy, Emerging Minds. Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health, 12 February 2019.

Sarah Wendt, Flinders University; David Tully, Relationships Australia South Australia. Child-focused approaches when working with parents affected by family and domestic violence, 29 May 2019.

CFCA-Expert Panel webinar series

Paul Harkin, the Benevolent Society; Jessica Smart, AIFS. Needs assessment: A tool for program planning and community building, 8 May 2019.

Robyn Mildon, Jessica Hateley-Browne, Centre for Evidence and Implementation. Implementing programs and practices in child and family services: The 'why' and 'how' of good implementation practice, 26 June 2019.

Presentations

Armstrong, R. (2018, November). Creating a culture of research and evaluation: Communication for impact - telling the story of your program. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Armstrong, R., & Hand, K. (2018, October). Improving our impact: Building institutional capacity for effective knowledge translation. Paper presented at the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit (GEIS), Melbourne.

Armstrong, R., Reddel, T., West, S., & Maiorano, V. (2018, July). How can research be made relevant? Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Bandara, D., Daraganova, G., Mohal, J., & Edwards, B. (2018, July). Consent to data linkages in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC): The role of survey methodology, participant characteristics and public concerns about personal data security. Paper presented at the Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys II Conference, Essex, UK.

Bassett, M., Canning, M., Renda, J., Kok, B., & Foeken, E. (2018, December). LSAC goes online: Asking young people to complete an online survey prior to the home visit. Paper presented at the 6th ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, Sydney.

Baxter, J. A. (2018, July). Motherhood and employment transitions: Updated findings using the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Baxter, J. A. (2018, July). Trends in fathers' working arrangements. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Baxter, J. A. (2018, August). Fathers at work: Statistical overview. Paper presented at the 'Why Fathers' Care Matters: Enabling Gender Equity in Care and Work' Forum, Canberra.

Baxter, J. A. (2018, November). Fathers and mothers: Work and care. Paper presented at the IPAA WA Women in Public Sector Leadership Forum, Perth.

Broadley, K., & Paterson, N. (2019, May). Violence towards workers in the child, family and community welfare sector. Poster presentation at the 6th Child Aware Conference, Brisbane.

Carroll, M., & Lapinski, V. (2018, July). What's in a game? Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, July). Children participating in research: Experiences from the Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, July). Direct cross-examination in family law matters - a new approach? Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, July). Developing an Australian definition of abuse of older people. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, July). Findings from the Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, July). Presentation of data from the Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented at the Family Court of Australia.

Carson, R. (2018, August). Direct cross-examination in family law matters. Paper presented at the Family Law Practitioners (Western Australia) Conference, Perth.

Carson, R. (2018, October). Children and young people in separated families: Key findings. Paper presented at the 'Voices of children and young people in family law' Forum, hosted by the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Hobart.

Carson, R. (2018, October). Elder abuse national research: Stage one, strengthening the evidence base. Paper presented at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Annual Seminar, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, October). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented to the Family Law Courts Children's Committee, Brisbane.

Carson, R. (2018, November). Direct cross-examination in family law matters: Findings from new research. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Carson, R. (2018, November). Elder abuse national research: Stage one, strengthening the evidence base. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Carson, R. (2018, November). Elder abuse national research: Stage one, strengthening the evidence base, defining abuse of older people. Paper presented at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, Melbourne.

Carson, R. (2018, November). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Carson, R. (2018, November). Voices of children and young people in family law. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Children's Commissioners and Guardians Meeting, Adelaide.

Carson, R. (2019, February). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented to the Australian Department of Social Services, Canberra.

Carson, R. (2019, February). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented to the Great Hobart Family Law Pathways Network, Hobart.

Carson, R. (2019, February). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented to the Launceston and Northern Tasmania Family Law Pathways Network, Launceston.

Carson, R. (2019, May). Give children a bigger voice, more of the time: Findings from the AIFS Children and Young People in Separated Families Study. Paper presented at the 6th Child Aware Conference, Brisbane.

Coleiro, A. (2018, July). Effective translation of research. Panel presentation at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Daraganova, G., Bandara, D., Renda, J., & Jessup, K. (2018, July). What can process data add to our understanding of attrition in LSAC? Paper presented at the Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys II Conference, Essex, UK.

Daraganova, G., & Benassi, H. (2018, July). Effects of servicemen's transition from military to civilian life on spouses/partners: Findings from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme's Family Study. Paper presented at the 16th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Livingstone, C. (2018, July). Targeting children: Restricting gambling promotions by adapting lessons from tobacco, alcohol and food. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Deblaquiere, J., & Rintoul, A. (2018, August). 'Family-friendly' EGM venues and family harms derived from gambling: Experiences from the GISA Study. Paper presented at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Conference, Geelong.

El-Murr, A. (2018, November). Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities: An overview of underlying issues and service responses. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Foeken, E., Renda, J., Jessup, K., Kok, B., Bassett, M., & Canning, M. (2018, December). Events history calendars: Benefits and challenges. Paper presented at the 6th ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, Sydney.

Goldsworthy, K., Moore, S., Muir, S., & Smart, J. (2018, November). Program Logic Workshop. Workshop presented at the Family and Relationship Services National Conference, Cairns.

Goldsworthy, K., & Muir, S. (2019, June). What makes a good evaluation? Experiences from the Expert Panel project. Paper presented at the Ian Potter Foundation Evaluation Education Forum, Melbourne.

Guiver, T., & Bandara, D. (2018, December). Data linkage in LSAC: Great benefits but also some challenging issues. Paper presented at the 6th ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, Sydney.

Haynes, K., Moore, S., Smart, J., Muir, S., & Hand, K. (2018, November). Creating a culture of research and evaluation: Evaluation planning and program logics. Paper presented at the Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference, Cairns.

Hollonds, A. (2018, October). Voices of children and young people in family law, at Family Law Forum, hosted by the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Hobart.

Hollonds, A. (2019, March) Using data to inform and inspire big ideas to optimise family wellbeing. Keynote presentation at the Families in Canada Conference in Ottawa, Canada.

Jenkinson, R. (2018, June). Young men and sports betting. Paper presented at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Research Priorities and Grant Round Launch, Melbourne.

Jenkinson, R., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Carroll, M. (2018, July). Weighing up the odds: Young men, sports and betting. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Jenkinson, R., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Carroll, M. (2018, August). Sports and gambling. Paper presented at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Conference, Geelong.

Jenkinson, R., de Lacy-Vawdon, C., & Carroll, M. (2018, November). 'Barstool betting': Exploring the relationship between alcohol consumption and sports betting among a sample of young Victorian men. Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Jessup, K., Renda, J., Kok, B., Corey, J., & Martin, K. (2018, July). LSAC goes online: Asking young people to complete an online survey prior to the home visit. Paper presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference, Milan, Italy.

Jessup, K. (2018, July). What can process data add to our understanding of attrition in LSAC? Paper presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference, Milan, Italy.

Moore, S. (2018, July). The Expert Panel project: Reflections and results from a national workforce capacity building initiative. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Muir, S. (2018, October). Research on the role of families in transitions from military service. Paper presented at the Veterans' Families Forum, Invictus Games Symposium, Sydney.

Muir, S. (2018, November). Lessons from the Families and Children Expert Panel project. Paper presented at 'Attracting funding and support for program evaluation: A workshop and partnership networking event for funders, program providers and program evaluators', Melbourne.

Muir, S. (2019, March). Lessons from the Families and Children Expert Panel project. Paper presented at the Communities for Children Forum, Canberra.

Muir, S., & Purtell, J. (2018, July). The Beyond 18 study: Outcomes for young people leaving out-of-home care in Victoria. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

O'Connor, M., Romaniuk, H., Gray, S., & Daraganova, G. (2018, July). Continuity of mental health problems from childhood to adolescence in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Paper presented at the 25th International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Biennial Meeting, Gold Coast.

Price-Robertson, R. (2018, July). Diagnosis in child mental health: Exploring the benefits, risks and alternatives. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Price-Robertson, R. (2018, October). Interdependence in mental health recovery. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Bouverie Centre Mini-Conference, Melbourne.

Purtell, J. & Muir, S. (2018, July). Insights into research with children and young people from highly vulnerable populations. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Qu, L. (2018, July). Caring about carers: Findings from a national survey of foster and relative/kinship carers. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Qu, L., Gray, M., Stanton, D., & De Vaus, D. A. (2018, July). Have the financial consequences of relationship separation changed for older Australians? A comparison of two cohorts. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Quadara, A. (2018, July). Trends in service integration to address family violence. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Rioseco, P. (2018, July). English language proficiency among humanitarian youth: A longitudinal study. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Rioseco, P. (2018, July). Factors associated with psychological distress among recently arrived humanitarian migrants to Australia. Paper presented at the 25th International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Biennial Meeting, Gold Coast.

Smart, D., & Poerio, L. (2018, July). Impact of transition from military to civilian life on families. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Vassallo, S. (2018, July). What helps? What hinders? Key insights about mental health from a 35-year longitudinal study. Paper presented at the 25th International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Biennial Meeting, Gold Coast.

Warren, D. (2018, September). Young carers: The influence of informal caring on cognitive social outcomes. Paper presented at the 'Lunchtime Learning' session, Carers Victoria, Melbourne.

Warren, D., & Daraganova, G. (2018, July). Self-harm and suicidal behaviour among young people aged 14-15. Paper presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference, Milan, Italy.

Warren, D., & Edwards, B. (2018, July). Young carers in Australia: The influence of informal caring on cognitive and social outcomes. Paper presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference, Milan, Italy.

Warren, D., & Edwards, B. (2018, July). Young carers: Implications for NAPLAN outcomes. Paper presented at the 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.

Warren, D., O'Connor, M., & Daraganova, G. (2018, July). The impact of early childhood education programs on children's developmental outcomes: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Paper presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference, Milan, Italy.

Submissions

The Institute prepares submissions to inquiries and responds to requests for consultation. Such activity is an indication of the Institute's involvement in the policy and research process.

In 2018/19, the Institute made the following submissions:

  • Submission to The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee Inquiry into gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items (July 2018)
  • Submission to the National Children's Commissioner - Children's rights (August 2018)
  • Submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence: Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence (September 2018)
  • Submission to the Australian Government Department of Health - Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights (October 2018)
  • Submissions to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Inquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills (2018) (November 2018)
  • Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission - Review of the family law system - Discussion Paper 86 (November 2018)
  • Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission - Inquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills 2018 (November 2018)
  • Submission to the Productivity Commission's 'What Works' Review' (March 2019).

Appendix D: Acronyms and abbreviations

Table D1: Acronyms and abbreviations
Acronyms and abbreviations Description
AASB Australian Accounting Standards Board
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ADF Australian Defence Force
AFM Advance to the Finance Minister
AGD Attorney‑General’s Department
AGRC Australian Gambling Research Centre
AIFS Australian Institute of Family Studies
ALRC Australian Law Reform Commission
ANAO Australian National Audit Office
ANROWS Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety
APS Australian Public Service
ASL Average Service Level
BNLA Building a New Life in Australia
CALD Culturally and linguistically diverse
CCS Coordinated Client Support
CFCA Child Family Community Australia
CfC FP Communities for Children Facilitating Partners
COAG Council of Australian Governments
CQU Central Queensland University
CSRM Centre for Social Research and Methods
CSS Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
DHHS Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
DHS Department of Human Services
DET Department of Education and Training
DoH Department of Health
DSS Department of Social Services
DVA Department of Veterans’ Affairs
EL Executive Level
FaC Families and Children
FBT Fringe Benefits Tax
FOI Act Freedom of Information Act 1982
FRR Financial Reporting Rule
FVOCI Fair Value Through Other Comprehensive Income
FVTPL Financial Assets at Fair Value Through Profit or Loss
GST Goods and Services Tax
HILDA The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey
HWT Herald and Weekly Times
IPAA Institute of Public Administration Australia
IPS Information Publication Scheme
JLL Jones, Lang, La Salle
KMP Key Management Personnel
KT Knowledge Translation
LSAC Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MP Member of Parliament
NABERS National Australian Built Environment Rating System
OOHC Out‑of‑home care
OPA Official Public Account
PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
PBS Portfolio Budget Statements
PGPA Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
PRC The Parenting Resource Centre
PSPF Protective Security Policy Framework
PSS Public Sector Superannuation Scheme
PSSap PSS accumulation plan
QFCC Queensland Family and Child Commission
SES Senior Executive Service
SLG Senior leadership group
SME Small and medium enterprises
SNAICC Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
SOETM Services for Other Entities and Trust Moneys Special accounts
SPPI Solely payments of principal and interest
SPRC Social Policy Research Centre
SRC Social Research Centre
UK United Kingdom
UNSW University of New South Wales
VRGF Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Appendix E: List of requirements

The Annual Report is prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. This index refers to mandatory and suggested reporting items.

Table E1: Mandatory and suggested reporting items
PGPA Rule Reference Part of Report Description Requirement
17AD(g) Letter of transmittal Mandatory
17AI iii A copy of the letter of transmittal signed and dated by accountable authority on date final text approved, with statement that the report has been prepared in accordance with section 46 of the Act and any enabling legislation that specifies additional requirements in relation to the annual report Mandatory
17AD(h) Aids to access  
17AJ(a) v Table of contents Mandatory
17AJ(b) 109 Alphabetical index Mandatory
17AJ(c) 101 Glossary of abbreviations and acronyms Mandatory
17AJ(d) 102 List of requirements Mandatory
17AJ(e) ii Details of contact officer Mandatory
17AJ(f) ii Entity’s website address Mandatory
17AJ(g) ii Electronic address of report Mandatory
17AD(a) Review by accountable authority  
17AD(a) 2 A review by the accountable authority of the entity Mandatory
17AD(b) Overview of the entity
17AE(1)(a)(i) 10 A description of the role and functions of the entity Mandatory
17AE(1)(a)(ii) 11 A description of the organisational structure of the entity Mandatory
17AE(1)(a)(iii) 12 A description of the outcomes and programmes administered by the entity Mandatory
17AE(1)(a)(iv) iv A description of the purposes of the entity as included in corporate plan Mandatory
17AE(1)(aa)(i) 11 ****Name of the accountable authority or each member of the accountable authority Mandatory
17AE(1)(aa)(ii) 11 Position title of the accountable authority or each member of the accountable authority Mandatory
17AE(1)(aa)(iii) 11 Period as the accountable authority or member of the accountable authority within the reporting period Mandatory
17AE(1)(b) N/A An outline of the structure of the portfolio of the entity Portfolio departments – mandatory
17AE(2) N/A Where the outcomes and programs administered by the entity differ from any Portfolio Budget Statement, Portfolio Additional Estimates Statement or other portfolio estimates statement that was prepared for the entity for the period, include details of variation and reasons for change If applicable, mandatory
17AD(c) Report on the performance of the entity  
  Annual Performance Statements  
17AD(c)(i); 16F 14 Annual performance statement in accordance with paragraph 39(1)(b) of the Act and section 16F of the Rule Mandatory
17AD(c)(ii) Report on Financial Performance
17AF(1)(a) 34 A discussion and analysis of the entity’s financial performance Mandatory
17AF(1)(b) 35 A table summarising the total resources and total payments of the entity Mandatory
17AF(2) N/A If there may be significant changes in the financial results during or after the previous or current reporting period, information on those changes, including: the cause of any operating loss of the entity; how the entity has responded to the loss and the actions that have been taken in relation to the loss; and any matter or circumstances that it can reasonably be anticipated will have a significant impact on the entity’s future operation or financial results If applicable, mandatory
17AD(d) Management and Accountability
  Corporate Governance
17AG(2)(a) 38 Information on compliance with section 10 (fraud systems) Mandatory
17AG(2)(b)(i) 38 A certification by accountable authority that fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans have been prepared Mandatory
17AG(2)(b)(ii) 38 A certification by accountable authority that appropriate mechanisms for preventing, detecting incidents of, investigating or otherwise dealing with, and recording or reporting fraud that meet the specific needs of the entity are in place Mandatory
17AG(2)(b)(iii) 38 A certification by accountable authority that all reasonable measures have been taken to deal appropriately with fraud relating to the entity Mandatory
17AG(2)(c) 38 An outline of structures and processes in place for the entity to implement principles and objectives of corporate governance Mandatory
17AG(2)(d) – (e) N/A A statement of significant issues reported to Minister under paragraph 19(1)(e) of the Act that relates to non-compliance with Finance law and action taken to remedy non-compliance If applicable, mandatory
  External Scrutiny
17AG(3) 43 Information on the most significant developments in external scrutiny and the entity’s response to the scrutiny Mandatory
17AG(3)(a) N/A Information on judicial decisions and decisions of administrative tribunals and by the Australian Information Commissioner that may have a significant effect on the operations of the entity If applicable, mandatory
17AG(3)(b) N/A Information on any reports on operations of the entity by the Auditor-General (other than report under section 43 of the Act), a Parliamentary Committee, or the Commonwealth Ombudsman If applicable, mandatory
17AG(3)(c) N/A Information on any capability reviews on the entity that were released during the period If applicable, mandatory
  Management of Human Resources
17AG(4)(a) 44 An assessment of the entity’s effectiveness in managing and developing employees to achieve entity objectives Mandatory
17AG(4)(aa) 46

Statistics on the entity’s employees on an ongoing and non-ongoing basis, including the following:
(a) statistics on full-time employees
(b) statistics on part-time employees
(c) statistics on gender
(d) statistics on staff location

Mandatory
17AG(4)(b) 46-47 Statistics on the entity’s APS employees on an ongoing and non-ongoing basis; including the following statistics on:
  • staffing classification level
  • full-time employees
  • part-time employees
  • gender
  • staff location
  • employees who identify as Indigenous
Mandatory
17AG(4)(c) 47 Information on any enterprise agreements, individual flexibility arrangements, Australian workplace agreements, common law contracts and determinations under subsection 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 Mandatory
17AG(4)(c)(i) 47 Information on the number of SES and non-SES employees covered by agreements etc. identified in paragraph 17AG(4)(c) Mandatory
17AG(4)(c)(ii) 47 The salary ranges available for APS employees by classification level Mandatory
17AG(4)(c)(iii) 44 A description of non-salary benefits provided to employees Mandatory
17AG(4)(d)(i) N/A Information on the number of employees at each classification level who received performance pay If applicable, mandatory
17AG(4)(d)(ii) N/A Information on aggregate amounts of performance pay at each classification level If applicable, mandatory
17AG(4)(d)(iii) N/A Information on the average amount of performance payment, and range of such payments, at each classification level If applicable, mandatory
17AG(4)(d)(iv) N/A Information on aggregate amount of performance payments If applicable, mandatory
  Assets Management  
17AG(5) N/A An assessment of effectiveness of assets management where asset management is a significant part of the entity’s activities If applicable, mandatory
  Purchasing  
17AG(6) 48 An assessment of entity performance against the Commonwealth Procurement Rules Mandatory
  Consultants  
17AG(7)(a) 49 A summary statement detailing the number of new contracts engaging consultants entered into during the period; the total actual expenditure on all new consultancy contracts entered into during the period (inclusive of GST); the number of ongoing consultancy contracts that were entered into during a previous reporting period; and the total actual expenditure in the reporting year on the ongoing consultancy contracts (inclusive of GST) Mandatory
17AG(7)(b) 49 A statement that ‘During [reporting period], [specified number] new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $[specified million]. In addition, [specified number] ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $[specified million]’ Mandatory
17AG(7)(c) 48 A summary of the policies and procedures for selecting and engaging consultants and the main categories of purposes for which consultants were selected and engaged Mandatory
17AG(7)(d) 49 A statement that ‘Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website’ Mandatory
  Australian National Audit Office Access Clauses  
17AG(8) N/A If an entity entered into a contract with a value of more than $100 000 (inclusive of GST) and the contract did not provide the Auditor-General with access to the contractor’s premises, the report must include the name of the contractor, purpose and value of the contract, and the reason why a clause allowing access was not included in the contract If applicable, mandatory
  Exempt contracts  
17AG(9) N/A If an entity entered into a contract or there is a standing offer with a value greater than $10 000 (inclusive of GST) which has been exempted from being published in AusTender because it would disclose exempt matters under the FOI Act, the annual report must include a statement that the contract or standing offer has been exempted, and the value of the contract or standing offer, to the extent that doing so does not disclose the exempt matters If applicable, mandatory
  Small business  
17AG(10)(a) 50 A statement that ‘[Name of entity] supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website’ Mandatory
17AG(10)(b) 50 An outline of the ways in which the procurement practices of the entity support small and medium enterprises Mandatory
17AG(10)(c) N/A If the entity is considered by the Department administered by the Finance Minister as material in nature – a statement that ‘[Name of entity] recognises the importance of ensuring that small businesses are paid on time. The results of the Survey of Australian Government Payments to Small Business are available on the Treasury’s website’ If applicable, mandatory
  Financial Statements  
17AD(e) 51 Inclusion of the annual financial statements in accordance with subsection 43(4) of the Act Mandatory
  Executive Remuneration  
17AD(da) 48 Information about executive remuneration in accordance with Subdivision C of Division 3A of Part 2-3 of the Rule Mandatory
17AD(f) Other Mandatory Information
17AH(1)(a)(i) N/A If the entity conducted advertising campaigns, a statement that ‘During [reporting period], the [name of entity] conducted the following advertising campaigns: [name of advertising campaigns undertaken]. Further information on those advertising campaigns is available at [address of entity’s website] and in the reports on Australian Government advertising prepared by the Department of Finance. Those reports are available on the Department of Finance’s website’ If applicable, mandatory
17AH(1)(a)(ii) 88 If the entity did not conduct advertising campaigns, a statement to that effect. If applicable, mandatory
17AH(1)(b) N/A A statement that ‘Information on grants awarded by [name of entity] during [reporting period] is available at [address of entity’s website]’ If applicable, mandatory
17AH(1)(c) 88 Outline of mechanisms of disability reporting, including reference to website for further information Mandatory
17AH(1)(d) 89 Website reference to where the entity’s Information Publication Scheme statement pursuant to Part II of FOI Actcan be found Mandatory
17AH(1)(e) N/A Correction of material errors in previous annual report If applicable, mandatory
17AH(2) 88 Information required by other legislation Mandatory

Note: N/A = not applicable

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