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Families in a rapidly changing world
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Key dates
Online submission OPEN
Online abstract submission closes 28 February 2014
Notification of acceptance to authors March 2014

Invitation to submit an abstract

The Australian Institute of Family Studies invites contributions to the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Families in a rapidly changing world to be held in Melbourne, VIC, Australia on 30 July – 1 August 2014.

Using the online abstract submission form you will be asked to enter some contact information. Before doing so, please ensure that you have read the Abstract Submission Guidelines and Instructions.


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Abstract submission requirements

By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following:

  • Your abstract MUST be no more the 250 words and MUST be one (1) paragraph
  • Your abstracts must be print ready, please read it carefully.
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the AIFS Conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with attendance at the AIFS Conference.
  • All authors presenting at the AIFS Conference must register and pay to attend.
  • You confirm that at least one author will register to attend and present the paper at the AIFS Conference.
  • You give us permission to publish your abstract submission and/or PowerPoint presentation on the AIFS Conference website, on CD Rom, in hardcopy and online if it is accepted for presentation.
  • You confirm that the submission has been approved by all authors.
  • You confirm that you will not submit abstracts if previously presented elsewhere.

Abstract submission guidelines & instructions

Please read the following instructions on how to use the Oxford Abstracts Submission System to submit, edit or withdraw an abstract for the AIFS Conference 2014.

All abstracts must be submitted in electronic format. The length should be one paragraph of no more than 250 words and the abstracts must be submitted by 28st February 2014.

Abstract Submission Instructions & Guidelines

Presentation formats

Submission will be accepted for the following presentation types:

NOTE: Authors may indicate their preferred presentation style by selecting ‘oral’ or ‘poster’ or ‘either’ on the abstract submission form. The Scientific Program Committee, will allocate session types based on their assessment of which presentation format is best suitable to the topic and in line with the conference program schedule.

Oral submission

Submissions are invited for papers reporting original research findings, papers reporting work-in-progress, methodological papers, policy analysis, case presentations, professional practice issues or evaluations of family service programs. Papers will be grouped into themes and presented in concurrent sessions. Twenty minutes, plus ten minutes for discussion, will be allocated for each individual paper. Three papers will be presented in the course of each one-and-a-half-hour session.


Symposia submissions should propose a set of closely related papers on a particular topic, the content of each paper, and the names of a convenor and a discussant. Each symposium, of one-and-a-half-hours duration, will usually consist of 3 – 4 papers followed by a discussant responsible for drawing together themes, coordinating discussion and directing questions from the floor to particular speakers.

Submitting a symposia

A convenor must initially submit an overview of the symposium on line via the link provided above. Once the overview has been submitted the convenor then invites presenters to submit abstracts under the symposium name.

Poster presentations

Posters provide a visual display of new techniques, programs, research or professional innovations.

Key words

Using the online abstract submission form you will be able to select between one to three of the following categories that best fits your submission. These keywords will be used by the Scientific Program Committee to place abstracts in sessions and assign them to the reviewers.

  • Family violence
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Protecting children
  • Sexual assault
  • Out of home care
  • Work-family policies/issues
  • Income security
  • Labour force participation
  • Participation and social inclusion
  • Cultural diversity
  • Migrants/immigration
  • Rural and remote issues
  • Natural disasters
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Service provision/practice
  • Child development
  • Parenting
  • Ageing
  • Disability
  • Post separation policies/issues
  • Trauma/Recovery
  • Family law
  • Sustaining and sustainable communities /community resilience
  • Adolescence
  • Poverty
  • Translating research to policy and practice
  • Knowledge translation/Dissemination
  • Early years
  • Social policy
  • Demography
  • Evaluation/Methodology
  • Family functioning
  • Family wellbeing
  • Housing
  • Gambling and other addictive behaviours
  • Fathering
  • Adoption


A limited number of scholarships may be offered to Indigenous researchers or practitioners who are in circumstances that do not readily permit participation in the AIFS Conference. These scholarships are to assist with travel and conference fees.

As part of your submission process, please ensure you complete the following when submitting your abstract:

  • A statement (maximum 80 words) outlining the benefits to you in attending the AIFS Conference.
  • Please explain why, in the absence of this assistance, you might not be able to attend the AIFS Conference.
  • The name and contact details (eg phone number, email address) of two referees who can be contacted to discuss your application for scholarship funding.