AIFS research directions 2012-15: Australian families in a rapidly changing world describes the social trends influencing Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) research and the four areas of specific focus for our research from 2012 to 2015:
- Family change, functioning and wellbeing;
- Social and economic participation for families;
- Child and family safety; and
- Services to support families.
Current research projects related to the 2012-2015 research themes.
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.
- Australian Temperament Project
- Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
- Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care
- Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
- Child Family Community Australia (CFCA)
- Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
- Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
- National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
- Research on Independent Children's Lawyers
- Stronger Families in Australia
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 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.
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.