Committed to building strong, thriving and diverse families

25 July 2018

Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie, launched the latest Longitudinal Study of Australian Children report at the Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) 2018 conference today.

In his opening speech at the biennial conference, Minister Gillespie said he was pleased to share some of the key research findings from the report, Self-regulation, family resources, and early child care quality as predictors of children’s school engagement in primary school.

“This research report is highly relevant to the theme of this year’s conference, What matters most to Families in the 21st Century? It provides better insight into learning pathways and associated factors in children that affect their early school engagement. All of which are relevant and important matters to parents.” The report will be available on the Department of Social Services website after the AIFS conference.

The research findings of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and outcomes of the AIFS conference all contribute to a better understanding of how Government policy, payments, and programs affect families.

“We are committed to supporting families and developing policies that create a brighter future for all Australians. Thriving families in which children flourish are central to strong, happy communities and healthy nations,” Minister Gillespie said.

The Federal Coalition Government has recently opened up a consultation process to ensure that services continue to best meet the needs of families and children.

The Department of Social Services is undertaking 46 face-to-face consultations around the country, including in regional and remote areas. An online engagement process is also taking place from 5 July to 15 August 2018 on the Department of Social Services’ website.


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