6 Oct 2017

This report has been published by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. It outlines the key achievements of the past twelve months, and describes focus areas for the 2017-18 financial year.

Highlights of the progress report include:


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1 Sep 2017

Discussions about how to address work-family challenges largely centre on mothers, but the challenges also are real for fathers. There is increased recognition that a "good" father is directly involved in the care of children. But this requires time, and fathers are often time-constrained due...


25 Aug 2017

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia's first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development.

The purpose of the study is to inform research into the development and life-course trajectories of Australian children and young people.


Research report

11 Jul 2017

Multigenerational living is an area of established international interest, with house builders developing homes for this market in the USA, Asia and parts of Europe. In contrast, in the UK this market sector is not well-understood and there has been little development of new home...

Audio program

19 Mar 2017

An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?


8 Feb 2017

This practitioner resource outlines some key considerations for community sector organisations and service providers who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes or impact of a program for Indigenous families or communities.

This resource outlines some issues and common challenges that require careful thought when...


11 Nov 2016

This Research to Practice issue explores the challenges experienced by refugee families resettling in Australia; the informal and formal supports they access and barriers to these supports; the characteristics of supportive services and implications for policy and practice.

It was based on a study...

Discussion paper

3 Nov 2016

The Queensland Government is committed to building a new child protection and family support system that meets the needs of Queensland children, young people and families, now and into the future. As part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program, we are undertaking a...

Research report

20 Oct 2016

This is the final report to the Attorney-General on the issue of families with complex needs and the family law and child protection systems.

It concentrates on opportunities to enhance collaboration and information sharing within the family law system as well as other support...


7 Oct 2016

This report, which has been produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, aims to provide valuable insights into family functioning and child development for researchers, policy-makers, and those who provide services and support, as well as the community at large.

Using five waves...


28 Sep 2016

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has developed the Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy in partnership with the community services sector to enable the service system to be more responsive and effective for the most vulnerable families...

Research report

27 Sep 2016

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”...

Fact sheet

25 Sep 2016

Key messages

The number of same-sex couple parented families in Australia is growing. Acceptance of the equality of same-sex couples is steadily increasing, and is strongest among women and young people. Children raised in same-sex parented families progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the...

Research report

12 Sep 2016

Despite the claim that money and especially Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF) disbursement have played a major role in influencing political choices in the Solomon Islands national parliamentary elections, empirical evidence and election data suggest that political alliances in some rural constituencies are based more...

Research report

10 Sep 2016

This national research project highlights the far-reaching impact of suicide as a public health issue in Australia.

Report recommendations

Increase community awareness about suicide prevention and educate communities on suicide and the broad spectrum of suicidal behaviours to help build capacity within...

Research report

22 Aug 2016

Reveals that the average Australian family is spending up to $22,000 every year to get around.

Overview The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) commissioned SGS Economics and Planning (SGS) to design and develop the Transport Affordability Index to provide a snapshot of the costs...



29 Jul 2016

Since the introduction of the Family Law Act and the establishment of the Family Court of Australia in 1976, there have been many parliamentary inquiries and numerous reforms. However, sad stories of parents who’ve had a tough time of the law continue to shape public...

Research report

22 Jul 2016

This report measures and monitors the wellbeing of New Zealand families and provides a snapshot of family wellbeing based on survey data spanning 2008 to 2014. Being part of a family, in whatever fashion we define it, is a universal experience that forms the most...

Research report

15 Jun 2016

This report, published by the Parenting Research Centre, responds to the gaps between the expert knowledge and common assumptions among the Australian public about what effective parenting involves. The study describes what the common assumptions are about parenting as a first step to seeking to...

Research report

30 May 2016

Despite families being much smaller, parents being older, mothers being better educated and having much higher employment rates, child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s. In 1961, 95 percent of children were born to married couples; by 2015 the proportion had fallen to 53...