Australian Early Development Census

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 Important research on early childhood development

The most recent Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ) Special Issue, Volume 35 (2016), reports on International research utilizing the Early Development Instrument (EDI) as a measure of early child development. The Australian version of the Early Development Instrument is used to collect data for the AEDC and many of the articles in this publication use Australian data.

These papers ​are available here till July 2016 for free. 

We aim to support communities to bring
long-term benefits to children and their families

2015 AEDC Results

The 2015 AEDC results have now been released. A range of resources are available that examine emerging trends across the three collections.

Early Childhood Development

The AEDC can support early childhood educators as they play their crucial role in shaping children's development

Data collection and analysis

Australia’s only census of children in their early years provides a map of developmental outcomes


The AEDC findings can support communities and schools as they play their part in helping children get off to a good start

Key findings

Evidence about children's wellbeing in the early years 2015 report
  • Over 96% Children assessed
    That is over 300,00 children in 2015.
  • 1 in 5 Developmentally vulnerable
    Around 1 in 5 children were developmentally vulnerable in one or more domain in 2015.
  • 6 in 10 Indigenous children
    Indigenous developmental vulnerability has steadily decreased from 47% in 2009 to 42% in 2015.
  • 553 Communities
    The number of communities with an individual profile of AEDC results in 2015.