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Families

Position paper

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.
Discussion paper

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Working paper

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...
Report

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

Having children

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.
Report

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...
Report

Households and families

This fact sheet focuses on some changes relating to Australian household and family forms.
Report

Housing

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.
Working paper

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.
Report

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...
Working paper

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.
Report

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.
Discussion paper

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.
Report

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).