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The characteristics of Australian families have changed considerably in the past few decades. Demographic and social shifts (such as the increasing community acceptability and prevalence of divorce, cohabitation and ex-nuptial births) have led to a range of evolutionary policy shifts, particularly relating to family law, and adoption. Reforms have also occurred in areas affecting income, work and family life, including child care, child support and contingent welfare payments, aimed to benefit children. New frameworks to address child abuse and family violence demonstrate the centrality of safety for effective family policy in Australia.


Institute of Child Protection Studies

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