Family Matters

Family Matters


Latest issue

No. 99 , 2017

Research to results

This edition presents a range of articles based on research presented at the AIFS 2016 Conference, "Research to Results - Using evidence to improve outcomes for families".

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Next issue: July 2017

Previous issues

No. 86 , 2011

Family law

Family Matters No. 86 focuses on family law covering such topics as a summary of the AIFS evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms, care time arrangements ater the 2006 reforms, post-separation parenting, child support, relocation disputes, work-family strain amongst mothers

No. 85 , 2010

Violence, abuse and neglect

Family Matters No. 85 focuses on the theme of violence, abuse and neglect covering such topics as connections between childhood family experiences and wellbeing in early adulthood; young people with parents who use alcohol or other drugs; family violence; sexual assault victim/survivors' criminal justice needs; family contact for infants in out-of-home care; kinship care; teenagers contributing to household work; collaborative law; dispute resolution choices.

No. 84 , 2010

Family and place

Family Matters No. 84 focuses on aspects of place, including neighbourhood effects and the measurement of locational disadvantage, and how place-based programs can ameliorate the impacts of disadvantage on children, families and communities.

No. 83 , 2009

Hard times

This issue of Family Matters covers the impacts of recessions on families; joblessness, family relations, and children’s development; financial disadvantage and children’s school readiness; young people transitioning from state out of home care; social isolation among retired men and women; and the Family Violence Protect Act.

No. 82 , 2009

Family portraits

Parents and their young adult children; children's participation in family law disputes; characteristics of cohabiters; children's relationships with step-parents; effective caring in carer support sector; sole-parent families; Indigenous social exclusion

No. 81 , 2009

Making ends meet

Aspirations for work and family; working poor in Australia; flexible work arrangements; supporting children at risk of abuse and neglect; the CDEP scheme; parenting skills; grandparents and grandchildren


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