On 1 July 2006, AIFS became an agency operating under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) agency. Statements of Expectations and Intent are exchanged between the responsible Minister and the Director of the Institute.
The Institute has Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Department of Social Services (previously Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs), the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and the Australian Public Service Commission. AIFS also has a tripartite MoU with the Department of Social Services (previously Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the operation of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
The Institute has also strengthened links with international agencies. MoUs have been signed with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the New Zealand Families Commission.
The Minister for Social Services exercises ministerial responsibility for the Institute.
Alan Hayes is the Institute’s Director, Chief Executive Officer for the purpose of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and Head of Agency for the purpose of the Public Service Act 1999.
The AIFS Advisory Council is appointed by the portfolio Minister to provide advice to the Director about the Institute’s strategic research directions.
The Ethics Commitee is registered with the Australian Health Ethics Committee, a subcommittee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The Risk Assessment and Audit Committee (RAAC) ensures effective and efficient use of public resources by reviewing the performance and operation of the Institute’s internal controls and performance management systems.