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 .

The Family Law DOORS: Research and practice updates

Jennifer McIntosh, Jamie Lee and Claire Ralfs
Family Matters No. 98, 2016

The Family Law DOORS (FL-DOORS) is a whole-of-family risk screening tool designed for use across the family law sector. It was released in Australia in March 2013. Following on from an earlier evaluation study by the Australian Institute for Family Studies that claimed only limited take-up of the tool, this article addresses the criticisms and presents new evidence on current use of and research with the FL-DOORS, referring to data from over 7,200 cases.

Laying the guideposts for participatory practice: Children’s participation in family law matters

Kylie Beckhouse
Family Matters No. 98, 2016

This article considers the issue of children’s participation in family law matters in Australia, focusing on the role of Independent Children’s Lawyers. Drawing on international learnings, it reviews how children’s voices in family law court proceedings are heard, analyses different approaches, identifies some structural impediments that may inhibit participatory practice, and outlines some enhancements that could be made to improve children's participation in the Australian family law system.

Identifying and responding to family violence and child safety concerns: Findings from the AIFS Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments

Rachel Carson, Rae Kaspiew, Jessie Dunstan, Lixia Qu, Briony Horsfall, John De Maio, Sharnee Moore, Lawrie Moloney, Melissa Coulson and Sarah Tayton
Family Matters No. 98, 2016

The Australian Institute of Family Studies was commissioned to evaluate the 2012 reforms to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) aimed at improving the family law system's responses to matters involving family violence and safety concerns. This article summarises the methodology and findings of the study, which was published across 4 reports in late 2015.

Children's commissioners and guardians

CFCA Resource Sheet— November 2016

Outlines the role and duties of children's commissioners, and how they differ between Australian states and territories

Children's commissioners and guardians

Annual report 2015–16

Annual Report— October 2016

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

Annual report 2015-16

Children in care

CFCA Resource Sheet— October 2016

An overview of out-of-home care statistics in Australia

Children in care


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