Management of migration to Australia — Family Migration Program
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Home Affairs' management of family-related visas.
Child and family hubs: an important ‘front door’ for equitable support for families across Australia
Valsa Eapen, John Eastwood, Rebecca Goodhue, Caitlin Graham, Lauren Heery, Harriet Hiscock, Michael Hodgins, Anne Hollands, Kim Jose, Dana Newcomb, Grainne O'Loughlin, Katarina Ostojic, Emma Sydneham, Sarah Tayton, Sue Woolfenden, Sharon Goldfeld
In this paper, the authors explore what is meant by a child and family hub, and identify core components that underpin the delivery of these hubs that have emerged from Australian and international research.
The Early Years Strategy: discussion paper
Developing the Early Years Strategy is an opportunity to have a national conversation about what Australians want for young children and their families, and where the government should direct their efforts to achieve these aspirations. This discussion paper supports the submission process and includes questions...
Young adults returning to live with parents during COVID-19
This snapshot reports on experiences of young adults during the COVID-19 period and the difficulties they faced.
Work, care and family policies: federal election benchmarks 2022
In the lead up to the 2022 federal election, the Roundtable proposes a set of research-informed policy benchmarks against which election proposals for improving work, care and family outcomes in Australia can be assessed.
Systems change theory and practice: a brief review and practical insights
This discussion paper offers a summary of recently published literature and key theories about systems change and evaluation. It includes several case studies of programs and organisations to illustrate how they have applied theory. For those seeking a deeper dive into systems thinking and change...
Insights into hardship and disadvantage in Perth, Western Australia: the 100 Families WA report
Inspired by Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 project, the 100 Families WA project sought to gain a deep understanding of the lived experience of entrenched disadvantage in Perth, Western Australia. This report outlines the research findings.
Well Child Tamariki Ora review report
This review report identifies the changes that are needed to the design, delivery and resourcing of the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) programme.
Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.6
This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.
Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.5
Each family has had their own unique experience of the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. This report looks at how COVID-19 affected our recreational and ‘spare time’ activities.
Household density and children’s wellbeing in Australia: are children’s homes too empty?
This paper looks at physical health, mental health and cognitive outcomes for Australian children and adolescents conditional upon measures of occupant density of their family homes using three longitudinal datasets: the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey; the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children...
Māori whānau and Pasifika families experience of sleep health messages
The purpose of this research was to understand the level of awareness of commonly promoted healthy sleep messages, experiences with these messages, enablers and barriers to implementing the messages, whether additional support or information may be needed and how this could best be shared with...
The impact of COVID-19 on families in hardship in Western Australia
The 100 Families WA COVID-19 report presents experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, its restrictions, and its early economic and social impacts among 158 family members in the study who completed a supplementary COVID-19 survey between May and July 2020.
Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.3
This research paper looks at how Australians sought and provided financial, emotional and physical assistance during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Families Studies in 1980. This snapshot focuses on fertility rate, the age at which women have their first child, and the number of births per woman.
Rebalancing the scales
This report documents the experiences of Tasmanian parents and the lawyers who represent them, and legal processes associated with the child safety system. The research examines parents' ability to access legal advice, their participation in decision-making processes and to what extent these processes implement the...
Households and families
This fact sheet focuses on some changes relating to Australian household and family forms.
Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Families Studies in 1980. This fact sheet outlines some of the changes in the housing arrangements of Australian families during this time.
Delivering evidence based services for all vulnerable families
This working paper provides a summary on the role of family services in promoting child well-being, and then reviews the policy issues at all levels of the family service delivery systems.
Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.1
The Life during COVID-19 survey ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series. The findings in this report are drawn from the first analyses of the...
Why parenting matters for children in the 21st century
This paper provides a structured overview of the existing parenting literature, with the aim of developing an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of parenting and its influence on child development.
Child wellbeing after parental separation
This research summary highlights some key findings from a range of studies dealing with the experiences of separated families, children's needs in the context of the family law system, and the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting.
COVID-19 and separated families
The focus of this paper is the approximately 650,000 separated families, and the 1.3 million children affected by these separations in Australia. For these families too, it is likely that COVID-19 will amplify both the opportunities and the dangers.
Families, family policy and the Sustainable Development Goals
This report explores how the role of families, and family policies from around the world, can contribute to meeting the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Most of our social interactions are already digital – so will physical isolation change anything?
This briefing paper suggests that many Australians won‘t have to change much to adapt to new ways of online socialising. Data from the 2017 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes show that for about 45% of Australians, all or most of their communication with family members...