A review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities.
Research papers and reports
Substantial, in-depth reporting of AIFS research.
What are the conceptual, policy and practice challenges that the prevention of child sexual abuse presents?
What are the key factors of successful programs targeting disadvantaged communities?
Estimates for men and women are derived from longitudinal data from Australia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States
This report analyses trends in family law court filings over a nine year period between 2004-05 and 2012-13
Presents a medium- to long-term evaluation of the impact of the Communities for Children (CfC) initiative on child, family, and community outcomes
Based on interviews with 94 parents this report investigates parents' knowledge of and attitudes towards Early Childhood Education
Victim/survivor-focused justice responses and reforms to criminal court practice: Implementation, current practice and future directions
This report was commissioned to examine the implementation of criminal justice system reforms and their impact on the victim/survivor experience
This paper explores trends in child care in Australia from 1984 to 2011, for children aged under 12 years old with employed mothers
The tyrannies of distance and disadvantage: Factors related to children's development in regional and disadvantaged areas of Australia
This research report investigates whether children in regional areas experience a "tyranny of distance" or a "tyranny of disadvantage"
Australian mothers' participation in employment: Analyses of social, demographic and family characteristics using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey
This paper explores the characteristics of employed and non-employed mothers, to identify the factors that contribute to differing employment levels
AIFS research undertaken to identify gaps in access to and participation in preschool programs by Australian children in the year before school
Uses data from the longitudinal Australian Temperament Project to examine patterns of risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties
The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier?
Investigates how communication technologies facilitate sexual violence against young people and challenges this presents for the justice system
Examines the prevalence of different life events among Australian adults, and the links between life events and personal wellbeing
This report reviews the literature on life events experienced by families and ways in which they prepare for and/or deal with them
Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
This report presents the findings of the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
This report focuses on experiences of community life and the factors that influence participation in paid work
Tracking children's development over time: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Outcome Indices, Waves 2 and 3
This paper describes re-development of the outcome indices for Growing Up in Australia, The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, as at Wave 3
This report examines whether drought affected areas have higher rates of residential mobility out of these areas