Thank you to everyone that made a submission for consideration.
All authors will be notified with the outcome of their submission in January 2020.

Presentation types

Below is a guide to the different types of abstracts accepted for 2020.

Oral presentations

Submissions are invited for papers reporting original research findings related to family wellbeing. Other types of papers welcome include reporting work-in-progress, methodological papers, policy analysis, professional practice issues or evaluations of family and community service programs.

Where we see it appropriate we may ask you to present findings in a panel type session if we have papers that fit this format. Accepted papers will get a 20-minute time slot in the program – 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for discussion.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Limit your text to 250 words (excluding title, affiliations, tables and figures).
  2. Highlight three keywords that best describe the topic areas covered in your abstract. These can be of your choosing. For example – family law, Intergenerationa trauma, program evaluation etc.
  3. Abstract titles should be no more that 12 words.
  4. Abstracts should not include tables, figures, photos or references.
  5. Short speaker biographies (no more than 200 words) should be provided for each presenting author within the portal.
  6. Abstracts must be written in the English language.
  7. Support files are accepted to upload in doc, docx, mp4 and pdf file formats.
  8. The submitting presenter must ensure that all co-presenters have read and approved the title, summary, presenter names and affiliations.
e-Poster presentations

For the first time at the AIFS Conference we will be offering electronic posters (e-Posters) as a presentation type.
e-Posters provide an opportunity to present information in a more interactive style compared to traditional printed posters. e-Posters enhance visualisation to attract interest of attendees through the use of videos and other embedded media.

Roundtable presentations

Roundtable presentations are offered as concurrent sessions, giving presenters the opportunity to present their work to round table audiences in an interactive environment. Each presenter is allocated to a round table, with a rotating audience of up to 10 delegates per session. 15 minutes are allocated for presentations and 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations should include interactive material to facilitate engagement e.g. handouts, research summary. No PowerPoint slides – this is an opportunity to be creative!

Roundtable presentations offer delegates the chance to network and share information directly with other professionals and researchers in an interactive setting. Presenters can get creative and receive feedback on research or programs. The type of information shared in the presentation can be varied; this style might suit program descriptions and/or evaluations, early career researchers, experimental research (to give some examples).

How it will work:

  • The room will hold up to 10 tables and each table will be allocated 1 presenter and up to 10 delegates.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 presenters in each session.
  • Each presentation will be 15 minutes, to be utilised for presentation and discussion.
  • Once 15 minutes is up, music will play to signal it is time for the delegates to move to another table and repeat the process. Presenters will remain seated at the same table for the duration of the session.
  • Presentations will be grouped together in broad themes, dependent on submissions.
  • Presenters will present approximately 4-5 times during a session.

Symposia submissions are 90-minute sessions comprised of three or four presentations around a particular topic, organised by a convenor/facilitator. The submission should include the content of each paper, and the names of a convenor and a discussant (if applicable).

After the presentations, the discussant is responsible for drawing together themes and facilitating discussion between presenters and the audience. The convenor is responsible for making sure the session runs on time.

Submitting a Symposium

A convenor/facilitator must initially submit an overview of the symposium online.
Once you have submitted your symposium overview proposal you will be able to invite up to four authors to submit abstracts. As the convenor/organiser you can either submit all the connected abstracts yourself or send an email link to the abstract authors to submit.

Conference themes

So what makes for a ‘good life’? This seemingly simple question has dogged philosophers, economists, legislators, leaders and citizens through the ages. At the AIFS 2020 Conference, we tackle this question head on to ask: what is a good life in the face of rapid social and technological change? At different stages of our lives? What do children and young people, families and communities hope for? And how do we design and deliver service systems, institutions, policies and laws that help us to realise the aspirations of citizens?  

We want to hear about the work you are doing that can help answer these questions and we invite you to submit abstracts in one of the following key themes of enquiry. When submitting your abstract please identify the theme most closely related to your abstract.

Family policy and service system challenges

This theme examines the intersections between families, social policy and services systems how this impacts on the quality of life for families across socio-economic and geographic domains. Have policies and service systems changed to meet the needs of the families today and what are the strengths and barriers that support families to get what they need.

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Balancing work and family

This theme examines how work and family commitments are balanced in families; what helps or hinders work and family balance (e.g., what policies and workplace characteristics matter); how work-family challenges impact on family functioning and other family processes (e.g., decisions about how this relates to start a family, childcare, parenting responsibilities, other caring responsibilities, housework), and on engagement in the workforce (e.g., career progression, occupational downgrading); on what has and has not changed, especially in relation to gendered patterns in work and family, and in relation to new forms of work.

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Health and wellbeing over the life course

This theme takes a contemporary perspective on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing at different stages of our lives. What are the issues that are having a positive and/or negative impact on health and wellbeing? How can we find new ways of addressing both newly emerging and long standing issues that impact families capacity to have good lives?

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Communities and social cohesion

Often described as the “glue that holds society together”, social cohesion can come under pressure in the face of rapid change. This theme examines contemporary Australian communities and issues that bring people together – and drive us apart. In a world of hyper-connectivity, increasing individualisation, and demographic change, how do we maintain a collective sense of belonging, co-operation and trust?

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Family threats, vulnerabilities and trauma

Families can sometimes struggle to care for and nurture each other. This theme examines the day to day issues that families live with. Economic stress, ill-health, disability, poverty can create negative outcomes for children, families and communities. Experiences of abuse, violence, and maltreatment add another layer of adversity for children, young people and families, with impacts that can persist over generations. What are these challenges and what helps and what hinders families to heal?

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Family law: Challenges and solutions

In the forty years since AIFS was established through the Family Law Act, there have been significant changes to the needs of families in the family courts and to the role of the Family Law system itself. This theme looks at the role of family law in supporting families, fathers, mothers, young people and children. It asks the question about where to from here? What are the new opportunities for family law that will help families navigate this complex set of emotions and systems?

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A limited number of scholarships may be offered to Indigenous researchers or practitioners, or PhD students who are in circumstances that do not readily permit participation in the AIFS Conference. These scholarships are to assist with travel and conference registration 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 (e.g phone number, email address) of two referees who can be contacted to discuss your application for scholarship funding.


By submitting an abstract, authors must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • I declare that the abstracts submitted is the original works of at least one author/presenter.
  • If the abstract is accepted as an oral or poster, I confirm that at least one abstract author will register and pay with full intention of attending and presenting the paper at the conference.
  • No funding is provided to presenters. Any presenter not registered for the conference by the deadline specified in the acceptance email will have their abstract removed from the proceedings and program.
  • I am aware that if my abstract is selected, I provide consent, and will procure consent from my employer, for my employer’s logo and my presentation slides (for oral presenters), video and audio record and photos taken during my presentation/of my poster to be used and published by AIFS, including being provided to delegates of the conference.
  • If Third Party Material is used in the abstract, I promise it does not and will not breach any existing Intellectual Property or a third party’s Intellectual Property or Moral Rights.