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Australia Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (the Institute) is an Australian Government statutory agency within the portfolio of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. From November 2007 to December 2011 the Institute was in the portfolio of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

It was established in February 1980 under the Australian Family Law Act 1975.

The Director of the Institute is a statutory appointment. Our current Director is Professor Alan Hayes AM. Professor Hayes has been re-appointed as Director for a further 5-year term under the provisions of the Australian Family Law Act 1975. This term will end in September 2014.

Our role is to conduct research and communicate findings that affect family wellbeing to: policy makers; service providers; and the broader community.



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