Rae Kaspiew

Research Director (Systems and Services)

Executive Team

Dr Rae Kaspiew is a socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law, family violence and elder abuse. Prior to her appointment as Research Director, Systems and Services, she was Executive Manager of the Family Law, Family Violence and Elder Abuse research program at the  Australian Institute of Family Studies. She has been involved in an extensive range of studies and is the lead author of two large scale evaluations of successive waves of reforms in family law (the 2006 and 2012 reforms). She led the team that completed the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study in 2021. Themes included her work include the extent to which systems and services meet the needs of people affected by elder abuse and family violence.

Advisory roles have included membership the Family Law Council a body that provides policy advice on family law to the federal Attorney General from 2010 to 2016. She was also a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group (2009-2011) that advised the federal Minister for the Status of Women on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women. Rae is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Family Law.  


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Family Law), University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne