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 .

Long hours and longings

Jennifer Baxter, Lyndall Strazdins (The Australian National University) and Jianghong Li (Berlin Social Science Center)
Research summaries— September 2017

Our study shows that long hours, non-standard work times and work pressures have significant impact on how children view time spent with their father.

Man smiling at child using a laptop

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.

Workplace support, breastfeeding and health

Julie Smith, Ellen McIntyre, Lyn Craig, Sara Javanparast, Lyndall Strazdins (The Australian National University) and Kate Mortensen
Family Matters No. 93, 2013

Though breastfeeding is important to both maternal and child health, few Australian infants are breastfeed as recommended - particularly among employed new mothers. This study aimed to identify the key barriers to and supports for combining breastfeeding with employment in workplaces. Based on survey data from 304 women from 62 different workplaces - who had returned to work after initiating breastfeeding - the study examined the associations between employment, leave and workplace factors, and exclusive breastfeeding at six months.

Greater gender equality: What role for family policy?

Willem Adema
Family Matters No. 93, 2013

Though great advances have been made towards gender equality in education, these gains are yet to be translated into more equal labour market outcomes. Across the OECD nations, women continue to participate less in paid work, earn less than men, are less likely to make it to the top of the career ladder, and are more likely to spend their final years in poverty. This article explores how family policy can support greater gender equality in paid and unpaid work, for parents in particular.


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