About AIFS

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. It was established in 1980 under the Family Law Act 1975.

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

With a history of more than 30 years of researching and analysing influences on Australian families, AIFS holds a wealth of policy- and practice-relevant knowledge - a foundation of knowledge that continues to grow.

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

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (the Institute) is an Australian Government statutory agency within the portfolio of Social Services.

The Director of the Institute is a statutory appointment. Our current Director is Professor Alan Hayes AM. After serving two five-year terms he was recently reappointed for a further 12-month term on 8 December 2014.