Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing.
AIFS is a Melbourne-based Australian Government statutory agency established in 1980 under the Family Law Act 1975.
AIFS has a proud record of high-quality, responsive and impartial research into the wellbeing of Australian families. Our vision is to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Australian families by advancing understanding of the factors affecting Australian families and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers and the broader community.
AIFS operates within the portfolio of the Department of Social Services (DSS) and is responsible to the Minister for Social Services. The Institute has ongoing relationships with various other government agencies, policy makers and the community sector. Staff at the Institute are employed under the Public Service Act 1999.
AIFS undertakes high-quality research that:
- uses best practice and applies creative and innovative approaches to research design
- is rigorous and ethical
- is appropriate and cost-effective
- is relevant and responsive to policy and practice settings
- uses and expands the datasets available to AIFS and other researchers
- encourages collaboration with other organisations
- respects and values the commitment, views and participation of all those who contribute to our research
SOURCE: Australian Institute of Family Studies website viewed 11 October 2019.
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