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Preliminary Community and Family Studies: Family structures and functions

Preliminary Community and Family Studies

Finding Resources in Oliver

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

Family and Community Services

Steps to becoming a Foster Carer eBook

Department of Social Services

Same-sex de facto couples and their families have the same entitlements as opposite-sex de facto couples and their families.

Blended Families- PDF

Building a new family can be an exciting fresh start for parents and children. It is not always easy. It takes lots of time, energy and care for the new family to work well. Each family has its own strengths to build on and challenges to deal with.


This program explores the family types that exist within Australia and the changes that have happened in recent decades.


Although defining the family in today's society is not an easy task, this video does make the attempt! In the process we explore various types of families including nuclear, sole parent, blended, gay and extended families


Included in this forum are representatives from stereotypical families, unusual families, working parents, sole parents and members of parliament. Is family like democracy, not perfect but the best system we've got?

You Tube

Single Parent Families PDF

Australian Bureau of Statisics


The article draws on statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (particularly from its Population Census, but also other population surveys) and from other sources. Inevitably, this means that there is some incompatibility between the date to which the latest available statistics on respective subjects relate (ranging between 1986 and 1992), and the basis on which they were collected or produced. Nevertheless, taken as a whole, the statistics used provide a comprehensive picture of families and their trends in contemporary Australia. A list of the sources referred to in the text is contained in the References at the end of the article.

Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing

Current Social Issues Periodical

Useful Links

Same-sex parented families in Australia Same-sex attracted parents and their children are still a small minority of Australian children and parents. Children with lesbian or gay parents comprise 0.1% of all dependent children in the population (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2013).

Childless Families on the Increase 

Communal Living in Australia

Children in Care Out-of-home care refers to the care of children and young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their families (often due to child abuse and neglect). It involves the placement of a child or young person with alternate caregivers on a short- or long-term basis.

The Concept of Kinship Aborigines have complex social and marriage laws based on the grouping of people within their society. They also have a complex kinship system where everyone is related to everyone else.