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Families in a rapidly changing world
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Date: 30 July – 1 August 2014
Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre

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Workshop: Using Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Data

9-4pm, 29 July 2014
Australian Bureau of Statistics training room
Level 7 South Tower, 485 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, Victoria

The workshop is designed to assist current and prospective data users gain knowledge and confidence in using the LSAC data set.

For further details and to register visit the LSAC homepage


Director’s Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 2014 – Families in a rapidly changing world.

Families today are living in a world of rapid economic, environmental and technological change. The rate of change means that Australian family life is confronting not only the perennial challenges but also an increasing array of new ones. Together, these challenges have wide-ranging impacts on the ways families function.

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The 13th AIFS conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, which in 2014 will focus on family-oriented policies and strategies to address family poverty; achieve work-family balance and advance social integration and intergenerational solidarity.

To mark the anniversary, our conference will showcase cutting-edge research on topical issues relating to how families are adjusting to a rapidly changing world. It will outline key policy priorities for advancing the wellbeing of Australian families and draw on the expertise and perspectives of a diverse range of specialists from around Australia and across the world.

The AIFS conference provides a valuable opportunity for government policy-makers, service providers and practitioners, researchers and community organisations to meet and exchange ideas and knowledge.

Excellent keynote speakers will headline this year’s program. Confirmed speakers are:

Mr Trevor Huddleston CBE, Chief Analyst and Director of Analytical Services Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions, U.K.

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM, Director, Bracton Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

Professor Paul Amato, Arnold and Bette Hoffman Professor of Family Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A

The program will also feature three expert panel sessions and more than 140 presentations on a broad range of issues relating to families.

Like you, I am looking forward to hearing from a remarkable array of world-class experts about their recent research relating to family wellbeing, and to engaging anew with professional networks. 

The conference promises to be a high-calibre, professionally stimulating and enjoyable event. I look forward to seeing you there.

With warm regards and the very best wishes,

Professor Alan Hayes AM
Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies