Social Services
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: - conducting research; and - disseminating findings. 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.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Family Law Act 1975

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Social Security and Welfare

  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency with Dual Staffing Powers

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    1 February 1980

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Director Ms. Anne Hollands 7 September 2015 6 September 2020
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