Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The FaHCSIA government portfolio is responsible for a broad range of social policy issues affecting Australian society and the living standards of Australian families, communities and individuals. Also see the Families Assistance Office.
Australian Institute of Family Studies
AIFS provides information and resources on all major issues affecting families in Australia, and undertakes research that informs the Australian Government and the community and influences policy, services and support for families. Their flagship publication is the journal, Family Matters.
- State and Territory departments of family services.
The Family Action Centre
This multidisciplinary centre at the University of Newcastle, NSW has a vision for a truly civil society and a belief that family well-being is a cornerstone of healthy communities. The centre delivers support programs, disseminates information, advocates for family well-being, engages in research, and provides training and consultation. See website
Families, Law and Social Policy Research Unit
This research unit at the Griffith Law School engages in research mainly of an empirical nature into the practical operation of family law in Australia with a view to identifying the best ways to help families after separation and divorce. See website.
Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
SH&FPA is a federation of seven independent state based family planning organisations (FPOs). See website.
Open Family Australia Inc.
Open Family aims to improve the well-being and self-worth of alienated and excluded street children through unconditional support, whenever and wherever necessary, with the view to reconnecting them with the community. See website.
Oz Child runs multidisciplinary and culturally aware programs across a range of areas including foster care, family services, disability and education. See website.
LifeWorks is a not-for-profit organisation funded and approved by the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs under provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 to provide professional family and relationship counselling and education services for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents.
Siblings Australia Inc. began as a project aiming to develop and coordinate services for families, and in particular, brothers and sisters of children with special needs (disability or chronic illness). Among its manyaims Siblings Australia seeks to increase awareness among parents, siblings and service providers, of the concerns of siblings of children with special needs, and to increase the provision of services to families. More at: http://www.siblingsaustralia.org.au/
The Stepfamily zone website aims to provide information and support to all stepfamilies.
Many charitable organisations such as the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services in Victoria provide services to families.
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Independence, individualism and connection among share householders, by Kristin Natalier
v.26, n.1, 2007, pp.17-24.
The changing relationship between the generations: It could even be good news? by Michael Pusey
v.26, n.1, 2007, pp.9-16.
The 'Teen Triple P' Positive Parenting Program: A preliminary evaluation, by Alan Ralph, Matthew Sanders.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.41-48.
The BEST Plus approach to assisting families recover from youth substance problems, by John Bamberg, Steven Findley & John Toumbourou.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.25-32.
The Resilient Families program: Promoting health and wellbeing in adolescents and their parents during the transition to secondary school, by Alison Shortt, John Toumbourou, Rianna Chapman & Elke Power.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.33-40.
Harvard, soccer and over-scheduled families, by Alvin Rosenfeld
v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.15-18.
Generation gaps and fault lines: Vietnamese-Australian young people and illicit drug use in Melbourne, by Ruth Webber
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.17-24.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness – a national initiative, by Sue Garvin, Sue McAllister and Philip Robinson
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.17-22.
Sibling Project, by Kate Strohm (provision of services for siblings of children with disabilities or chronic illness)
v.20, n.4, 2001, pp.48-52.
Hopes and fears: the life choices, aspirations and well-being of young rural women, by Penny Warner-Smith and Christina Lee
v.20, n.3, 2001, pp.32-37.
'Tell Me About it': a community-based project to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in Wagga Wagga, by Jacinta Makin and Susan Butler
v.20, n.3, 2001, pp.49-52.
Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families, by B. Mudaly.
v.18, n.4, 1999, pp.40-48.
Reducing the risk: Connections that make a difference in the lives of youth, by R. Blum and, p. Mann Rinehart.
v.16, n.4, 1997, pp.37-50.
Who pays for crime? Punishing young people and their families, by R. Hil.
v.15, n.4, 1996, pp.23-27.
Leaving the nest, NOT! How young people, with parental support, are living at home longer, by B. Ellis.
v.15, n.1, 1996, pp.34-36.
Family mobility: Social and academic effects on young adolescents, by B.A. Fields.
v.14, n.2, 1995, pp.27-31.
Parents or peers: Who influences adolescent drug use the most?, by T. McCallum.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.36-41.
Who knows what? Parent and peer orientations in adolescent decision making, by J. Wilks and M.A. Orth.
v.10, n.4, 1991, pp.36-40.
Becoming adults: The effects of prolonged dependence on young people, by F. Maas.
v.9, n.1, 1990, pp.24-29.
Young people leaving home in Australia: The trend toward independence, by C. Young; reviewed by R. Fopp
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988 v.7 n.1, pp.39-42.
Young people, the family and social class: Issues for research and social policy, by A. Jamrozik
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988 v.7 n.1, pp.26-32.
The abolition of junior unemployment benefit: Who should bear the cost?, by F. Maas
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1987 v.6 n.3, pp.14-16.
Unsupported students: Still on the outside, by F. Maas
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1987 v.6 n.2, pp.12-15.
Family conflict and leaving home, by F. Maas
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1986 v.5 n.1, pp.9-13.