Working paper

The drivers of mothers’ parental leave decisions: evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal survey

In this paper, the authors compare mothers’ preferred leave, anticipated leave, and realised leave to shed light on how well different types of mothers are able to predict the parental leave they will take, and the factors that drive them to deviate from their plans.

Intergenerational disadvantage: why maternal mental health matters

This paper analyses and synthesises new research linking a mother’s prenatal mental health to the child’s brain development, and shows how this ties into the problem of intergenerational disadvantage in New Zealand.
Briefing paper

Impact of maternal age on children coming into contact with the child protection system

This paper reports findings from analysis of Department of Communities and Justice (NSW) child protection data looking at the relationship between maternal age and child protection contact and discuss implications for policy and practice.

Trampolines not traps

This paper draws on policy analysis and interviews with 27 Victorian women to propose a multidimensional framework for understanding and achieving economic security for low-income single mothers and their children.
Working paper

Transformative event, disruption or cumulative disadvantage? Labor market and education trajectories of young mothers in Australia

This paper investigates the effects of young parenthood on the following years of labour market and educational participation, using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey.
Working paper

“Everyone my age doesn’t know what it’s like”: a mixed-method study of young mothers and social support in Australia

This research examines how young Australian mothers (i) compare to older mothers in levels of social support and personal resources, and (ii) perceive and experience the quality and type of social support available to them.
Discussion paper

Great expectations: how gendered expectations shape early mothering experiences

Motherhood is commonly viewed by contemporary society as a time of great joy, when ‘good mothers’ effortlessly bond with their newborns and adapt to their new role with ease. However, for many women and their partners, pregnancy, birth and early parenting do not meet these...
Literature review

Mothers and their babies: women’s experiences

This literature review considers New Zealand and international literature on the experiences of younger mothers, their perceptions of the issues they face as well as their views on what would work best to improve their situation.

Perinatal deaths in Australia 1993–2012

Summary The loss of a baby who was either stillborn or died in the first weeks of life is a tragic event that affects around 3,000 families every year in Australia. Perinatal mortality is widely recognised as an important indicator of population health. While Australia...

Relationships matter: the social and economic benefits of community playgroups

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, finds this report. Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups, funded by Playgroup Australia and undertaken by RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research...

State of Australia's mothers 2016

This report is inspired by and builds on some of the key findings in the first ever global report on Motherhood, State of the World's Mothers, produced by Save the Children International.

Australia's mothers and babies 2013

The rate of women aged between 15-44 years giving birth is higher than a decade ago, according to this report. Summary - Mothers at a glance Women are giving birth later in life The average age of all women who gave birth was 30.1 years...

Baby and me

Explores the perceived need and demand for a therapeutic community style model to support young women who become pregnant either while they are in out of home care, or upon their transition from care. Executive Summary Children and young people in out of home care...

The educational expectations of Australian children and their mothers: the longitudinal study of Australian children annual statistical report 2014

Provides a profile of mothers' and children's educational expectations and whether these change over time. Summary The research shows that the educational expectations of parents and children are important factors in predicting children's educational achievements and occupational outcomes. This chapter provides a profile of mothers'...

Report on maternity, 2012

A focus on women who gave birth, and the babies who were born, in New Zealand in 2012. Summary In 2012, 62,321 women were recorded as giving birth. This equates to a birth rate (the proportion of females aged 15–44 years in the population) of...

New directions: mothers and babies services: assessment of the program using nKPI data December 2012 to December 2013

Presents data for 19 ‘process-of-care’ and ‘health outcomes’ indicators, which focus on the prevention and management of chronic disease and maternal and child health. Summary The New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services program, funded by the Australian Government, aims to increas access to, and use...

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010

Summary: Maternal deaths in Australia 2006–2010 provides a summary of statistics on maternal mortality in Australia to inform safety and quality of maternity care in Australia, and provides good practice guidance from members of the National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee. Maternal mortality rates remained low...

Complex family payments: what it costs the village to raise a child

This report argues that the government should reform family payments to help parents who are disincentivised from working as much as they wish. Overview In 2013–14, $32 billion was spent on family payments, amounting to 7.7% of total federal expenditure in that year, and 22%...

Mothers on the margins

Every year, Anglicare Victoria conducts a survey of its Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling clients to assess the level and extent of hardship and to highlight a contemporary problem facing people on low income.

Linked up lives

Suburbs are springing up to cope with a rapidly growing population, yet many families have little or no supporting public transport links to the CBD or across suburbs, lack employment opportunities to keep parents close to their children's schools, and have inadequate access to educational...