Many fathers in Australia are working long hours and have schedules that are not family-friendly, including evening and weekend work. This can get in the way of their time with children.
Summary: It is commonly stated that there is a need for flexible child care to be available to parents especially for those who work variable or non-standard hours, given the 24/7 nature of today's labour market. But Australian and international research shows that parents'...
Two in five Australian children live in households with more complex family relationships at some stage during their childhood.
Key Findings “Complex” households are simply non-traditional households, where children may live with: a single parent; a non-biological parent; step or half-siblings (i.e., “blended”...
This special Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) Facts Sheet explores the different phases of family, from the families we live with as children to the families we form as we grow older.
Each of us sees family from a different perspective as we grow...
This paper provides a summary of the key findings from this evaluation into meeting the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable work hours and who may have difficulties finding child care that supports such work hours.
Given the importance of child care...
The Australian Institute of Family Studies was commissioned by the Department of Education and Training to undertake an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Child Care Flexibility Trials, which took place between 2013 and 2014. This publication summarises the key findings from that...
Presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities, highlighting innovative ideas and including a discussion of international trends and themes.
This AIFS Research Report presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance...
Presents information about the types of child care used by children in Australia, highlighting how arrangements change as children grow, and how they vary for families of different characteristics.
Summary Child care and early childhood education hold a key place in the wellbeing...
Based on interviews with 94 parents in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia, this report investigates parents' knowledge of and attitudes towards early childhood education.
This report documents the background, methodology and findings from the Access to Early Childhood...
Executive summary: For women, the life stage at which combining employment with other commitments is most challenging is when they are raising their children. This report focuses on this time, providing information about mothers’ employment from those with babies through to those with primary...