What we do

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

Its role is to increase understanding of factors affecting how Australian families function by:

The Institute's work provides an evidence base for developing policy and practice related to the wellbeing of families in Australia.

Strategic directions

Research directions

Major research projects and information exchange

The Research Program includes the following major projects and Information exchanges that the Institute manages under contract for the Australian Government.

Communicating research

The Institute communicates the findings of its research and analysis to a range of stakeholders including policy makers, service providers and the broader community.


Our publications include the research journal, Family Matters, research papers, issues papers and newsletters.


Our website reports on our programs and activities; provides access to our publications; disseminates information from our databases and resource collections; and promotes the development of networks with individuals and organisations concerned with family research and policy.


Our seminars present eminent speakers who focus on contemporary issues in national and international family research.

Information services

We provide information services through our research staff and our library which contains a substantial, up-to-date collection of international and Australian research on family wellbeing in Australia.

Promising Practice Profiles

Based on the latest research, we identify and disseminate promising practice in the areas of early childhood, community development and early intervention and sexual assault.