The rise of the stay at home Dad

More and more fathers are electing to stay at home and look after the kids.

Fathers who take on the role of primary carers remains small in Australia, but a new study has found it is becoming more commonplace.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) found around 80,000 Australian families now have a stay-at-home dad at the helm, while their partner works.

It is estimated this figure has risen by 4.2% since 2011, when only 68,500 stay-at-home dads were recorded.

In comparison, there are 498,900 families across the country with stay-at-home mothers.

The AIFS study concluded that families with stay-at-home fathers were quite different to those of their female counterparts, with the change happening much later life when fathers and children are older.