Australian Institute of Family Studies

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Source Acronym: AIFS

Owning Institution: Government of Australia

Source Type: Government

19 April 2017

This practitioner resource provides practical guidance for involving children in child-safe organisations, based on what children and young people have said themselves.

8 February 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...

11 January 2017

This resource is intended to guide support services on best practice approaches to building networks to enhance collaboration, referrals and support for people affected by forced adoptions.

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12 December 2016

This resource indicates that the evidence remains inconclusive on what action works in reducing Indigenous family violence, as there have been too few adequate evaluations, but there are some...

16 November 2016

Explores how parents make decisions about work and care, especially when faced with shift work or inflexible job conditions.

14 November 2016

Practitioners supporting children in out-of-home care are often faced with making difficult decisions about children’s needs. These decisions include where the child will live and how often a...

2 November 2016

Child abuse is associated with an increased risk of gambling problems in adulthood, according to a recent systematic review.

30 October 2016

This paper provides a snapshot of the data on Australian children and young people who were in out-of-home-care during 2014-15.

30 October 2016

This paper presents and discusses a snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia.

Literature review
18 October 2016

Examines international and Australian literature to identify the key areas of support that may help young people to successfully transition from care.

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Journal article
15 March 2016

Outlines the different methods by which an expert panel will provide advice and support to the families and children's sector, activities undertaken in the first year of the project and future...

Hand, Kelly
Katz, Ilan
Gray, Matthew
Bray, JRob

Child neglect is a significant issue in Australia, as it is many other countries. While the primary responses to child neglect are child protection and welfare systems and legal processes, welfare conditionality is increasingly being used to try to ensure that children receive the best possible...

Natalier, Kristin
Cook, Kay
Pitman, Torna

In Australia, an estimated 85% of separated parents share the costs of raising their children under the Child Support Scheme (CSS), with some interaction with the Department of Human Services - Child Support (DHS-CS) (previously the Child Support Agency [CSA]) (Fehlberg, Kaspiew, Millbank, Kelly...

Walsh, Kerryann
Zwi, Karen
Woolfenden, Susan
Shlonsky, Aron

Child sexual abuse is a serious problem for children worldwide with prevalence estimated at between 10-20% for girls and 5-10% for boys when sexual abuse is measured on a continuum from exposure through unwanted touching to penetrative assault prior to 18 years of age (Barth, Bermetz, Heim,...

Hollonds, Anne

It was recently put to me as the new Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) that a key policy question for Australia right now is: "Why are families important?" This surprising comment highlighted that an understanding of the important role of families in our...

Robinson, Elly
Esler, Marian

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) in 2014 to assist with the establishment of a panel of experts to help agencies funded under the department's Families and Children Activity. The Families and...

Commerford, Joanne
Hunter, Cathryn

The ways in which intimate couple relationships1 are entered into and sustained have altered significantly over the last few decades (Moloney and Weston, 2012), with many unprecedented changes to how couples form and dissolve relationships and make decisions to have children (Weston and Qu, 2013...

Phillips, Emma
Baron, Paula

This article is concerned with parent-only care. Recently, there has been much in the media about increasing women's workforce participation1 and the related issue of child care. These discussions largely assume that parents are prepared to outsource their child care. But this assumption...

Jenkinson, Rebecca
Silbert, Michelle
De Maio, John
Edwards, Ben

Humanitarian migrants are fleeing trauma and persecution. Many have spent periods of time in refugee camps or detention centres pending resolution of their status. The journey that people make from refugee to citizen is one where they will encounter many hurdles, but also support from people who...

Plage, Stefanie
Perales, Francisco
Baxter, Janeen

The importance of sleep for individuals in all life-course stages cannot be underestimated. Sleep affects physical and mental health, workrelated productivity, and longevity, among other things (see e.g., Grandner, Hale, Moore, and Patel, 2010; Lamberg, 2004; Leproult and Van Cauter, 2010;...

Journal article
30 September 2014

Introduces a study aimed to shed light on the settlement pathways and outcomes of newly arrived humanitarian migrants, focusing particularly on the factors that promote or hinder a successful...

Journal article
30 September 2014

This article outlines a prospective longitudinal study on the wellbeing of children placed in out-of-home care in New South Wales and the factors that influence their wellbeing.

Vassallo, Suzanne
Sanson, Ann
Olsson, Craig A

On a mild autumn afternoon in 2013, about 150 people gathered at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital for a 30th birthday celebration. This commemoration differed from many 30th birthday parties as it was not for a person, but rather for a research study, with a guest list that...

Paxman, Marina
Tully, Lucy
Burke, Sharon
Watson, Johanna

Out-of-home care (OOHC) is alternative care for children and young people under 18 years of age who are unable to live with their parents. Children and young people enter OOHC for a variety of reasons, including exposure to significant risk of harm from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and...

Carson, Rachel
Kaspiew, Rae
Moore, Sharnee
Deblaquiere, Julie
De Maio, John
Horsfall, Briony

The passage of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth) saw, for the first time, Australia's obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) acknowledged in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the FLA...

Castle, Phillipa

In Australia, adoption requires the voluntary relinquishment of the child. The free will or choice of the mother is evidenced in the very deliberate act of signing a binding consent form, witnessed in a court of law. Notwithstanding the voluntary nature of adoption, on 21 March 2013, the then...

Edgar, Patricia

I want to talk about the need for more and better research on ageing in Australia. My recent book In Praise of Ageing did not start out as a formal research project, but from my interest in the whole process of ageing - as I got older myself - and why some people seem to age better than others,...

De Maio, John
Silbert, Michelle
Jenkinson, Rebecca
Smart, Diana

Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants is a newly initiated study that aims to better understand the factors that aid or hinder the successful settlement of humanitarian migrants in Australia, and to provide an evidence base to inform policy and program...

Hayes, Alan

It would be tempting in an article on this topic to focus on some of the current controversies bubbling and boiling in family law circles surrounding the uses and abuses of social science "evidence". Rather, I have assumed a dispassionate and detached perspective that is usually...

Peterson, Elizabeth R
Schmidt, Johanna
Reese, Elaine
Lee, Arier C
Carr, Polly Atatoa
Grant, Cameron C
Morton, Susan MB

Even before a child is born, parents have hopes, dreams and expectations for their child. These are shaped by the parents' beliefs, morals, rules, values and ways of thinking, which are transmitted to children through their parents' behaviour toward them, shaping the child's...

Wake, Melissa
Clifford, Susan
York, Elissa
Mensah, Fiona
Gold, Lisa
Burgner, David
Davies, Sarah

The right of every child to enjoy the highest attainable standards of health is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1989). Although the last century has seen remarkable gains, children's physical health remains of considerable concern to...

Weston, Ruth
Qu, Lixia

This article focuses on various ways in which family formation pathways and the characteristics and functioning of families have changed over the decades. The picture is largely one of increasing diversity, with important implications for policies and legislation designed to protect the...

Thurber, Katherine A
Bagheri, Nasser
Banwell, Cathy

Sugar-sweetened beverages such as non-diet soft drinks, cordial and sports drinks are prime examples of discretionary foods (National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC], 2013). They are high in sugar, devoid of nutrients, and provide limited satiety (Malik, Schulze, and Hu, 2006). The...

Hewitt, Belinda
Walter, Maggie

Learning begins long before formal school enrolment, and research demonstrates the positive impact of quality preschool programs. The early childhood years are formative in setting the framework for later educational achievement (Elliot, 2006; Magnusson, Ruhm, and Waldfogel, 2004; Sylva,...

Skelton, Fiona
Barnes, Sharon
Kikkawa, Deborah
Walter, Maggie

Five waves of data from Footprints in Time became available in April 2014. This article provides an overview of the study including: the Indigenous area-based interviewers; high retention rates; and the study's repeating and changing content. There is also information about the release of...

Content Associated with Australian Institute of Family Studies

Discussion paper
3 November 2016

This Royal Commission discussion paper examines the evidence, principles and application of trauma-informed care in Australian systems and services.

15 September 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse appointed a team of researchers to scope the research design, methodology, cost and governance structure of two studies...

2 May 2016

This report outlines the discussions from the first national roundtable on responding to violence against culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and their children.

Journal article
15 March 2016

Outlines the different methods by which an expert panel will provide advice and support to the families and children's sector, activities undertaken in the first year of the project and future...

Technical report
30 June 2015

This report provides insight into ways the gambling sector can develop accessible communication strategies that meet the needs of the audience.

Literature review
27 May 2015

A review of the literature on Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations, with a focus on what works in these initiatives.

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