Australian Institute of Family Studies

Social Services
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's independent family research body and advisor on family wellbeing. Our purpose is to create and communicate knowledge to accelerate positive outcomes for families. We undertake and publish primary research into a broad range of issues affecting Australian families. We also manage a number of major, large-scale longitudinal studies which track participants' lives through time at different ages and stages. We also: - provide advice on the design and implementation of policies and services; - evaluate policies and programs (i.e. to discover what works for families); and - build the capability of policy and service-delivery agencies to design and deliver evidence-informed services for children, families and communities. Our research increases understanding of the factors that help or hinder the wellbeing of Australia's families. We are a statutory authority of the Australian Government, established under the Family Law Act of 1975. The Institute operates within the portfolio of the Department of Social Services (DSS), and is responsible to the Minister for Social Services. The AIFS' Director governs the operations of the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC), established under the Gambling Measures Act 2012.

Key People

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

  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Social Security and Welfare

  • Materiality


  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency with Dual Staffing Powers

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

  • Postal Address

    Level 4, 40 City Road, (HWT Tower) Southbank VIC 3006

Enquiry Lines

Title Phone Number Hours of Operation Description
Corporate Publications Reconciliation Action Plan 2023/24, Annual Report 2021/22, AIFS Corporate Plan: 2022/23 to 2025/26
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