AIFS produces a number of publications relating to our research throughout the year. These include research papers and reports, facts sheets, commissioned reports and submissions. We also publish our peer-reviewed journal Family Matters twice a year and prepared reports for Closing the Gap.

All publications are also listed in our library catalogue.

See also publications from  Growing Up in Australia .

Impacts of caring for a child with chronic health problems on parental work status and security: A longitudinal cohort study

Nick Spencer
Family Matters No. 95, 2014

Current research suggests that caring for a child with chronic health problems has a negative effect on parental work status. This article investigates whether child ill health also has an effect on job tenure and job security - for fathers as well as mothers. Data are taken from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) for couple families with a 6-year-old child with chronic health problems.

A contribution to research and development in the carer support sector: Lessons on effective caring

Kathryn Williams and Alan Owen
Family Matters No. 82, 2009

The importance of supporting carers in their roles is now recognised in government policy at all levels and there is ample scope for improving the service system as well as the evidence base for promoting effective interventions. This paper summarises the findings of a project to review the literature on effective caring that was carried out as part of a larger body of work by one research centre working in the area of carer needs assessment.

What kinds of jobs help carers combine care and employment?

Trish Hill, Cathy Thomson, Michael Bittman and Megan Griffiths
Family Matters No. 80, 2008

This paper provides information about what job characteristics promote or inhibit maintaining employment while caring. Using a nationally representative longitudinal data set—the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey—the paper traces the effects of the onset of care on labour force participation.

Does child care quality matter?: Associations between socio-emotional development and non-parental child care in a representative sample of Australian children

Linda Harrison
Family Matters No. 79, 2008

Drawing upon data from Wave 2 of Growing Up In Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), this article investigates the relationship between hours spent in early child care, the quality of that care, and children's social and behavioural development. International studies have reported that early and extensive use of child care can produce adverse socio-emotional effects, but they have also noted the ameliorating effects and positive benefits of high quality programs.

Caring and women’s labour market participation

Matthew Gray, Ben Edwards and Norbert Zmijewski
Family Matters No. 78, 2008

The impact of caring on the income and labour market participation of carers can be substantial. In this article, the authors describe the labour force status of carers who receive an Australian Government payment directed to carers, with a particular focus on the degree to which non-employed carers want to be in paid employment.

Families caring: Diverse care work of families in Australia

Daryl Higgins
Family Matters No. 76, 2007

This editorial presents an overview of this Family Matters edition, which highlights the different ways in which families engage in caring for family members and the issues they face. The articles in this edition further research knowledge of the nature, extent, and impact of formal and informal caring, and investigate child care, caring for people with disabilities, caring for adults who have been sexually assaulted, and caring for children who have suffered abuse or neglect.

The Families Caring for a Person with a Disability Study and the social lives of carers

Ben Edwards, Daryl Higgins and Norbert Zmijewski
Family Matters No. 76, 2007

The Families Caring for a Person with a Disability Study is a collaborative project between the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, in which 1002 Australian carers were interviewed on the physical, emotional, social, family relationship, financial, and labour force impacts of caring. This article introduces the study, describing its aims and methodology, and presents initial findings on the social lives of carers.

Crisis or commotion? An objective look at evidence on caregiving in families

Cathy Hales
Family Matters No. 76, 2007

There are nearly 500,000 primary carers in Australia, who provide informal care to disabled or aged family members. This article summarises Australian data on the prevalence, role, motivations, assistance needs, and relationship effects of providing informal care. The different studies included in this article highlight the nature of role, responsibility, and obligation, and the importance of supportive and financial assistance. The article concludes with policy implications in the face of an ageing population and conflicting employment and caring demands.