Data Explorer

Community Profiles

AEDC Community profiles contain important information about emerging trends in early childhood development. They also allow community-level comparisons with overall state/territory and national results.

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The AEDC census data provides a snapshot of children's development that can inform communities and support planning, policy and action.

If you require access to customised data, visit Information for Researchers.

Community overview

  • Location:
  • Area:
    square kilometers
  • Residential population:
    with children aged 0 to 5 years*
  • Number of children included in the AEDC:
  • Number of teachers:
    teachers from schools (both government and non-government)
*Sourced from Australian Bureau Statistics Census 2011

Data

The AEDC census data provides a snapshot of children's development that can inform communities and support planning, policy and action.

To view data, use the search field above to view AEDC data in table, map and graph formats for Australia, states & territories, communities and suburbs & towns. For additional data products go to downloads.

If you require access to customised data, visit information for Researchers.

Additional data products

These products provide additional information covering links to ABS contextual data, Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Area and Statistical Area Level 2.

You can now download AEDC GIS data for all three collections.

Public tables for all three collections will be available soon.

Go to downloads

Understanding AEDC community boundaries

AEDC geographic boundaries are defined for the whole country to ensure that the data is reported in the most useful way possible, but still align with commonly understood geography, such as suburbs. Those boundaries enable AEDC results to be reported at four different geographic levels: Local Community, Community, State/Territory and National.

To enable trend analysis over all three cycles and allow accurate comparison of AEDC and socio-demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the AEDC geography was updated in order to match the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) released by the ABS in 2011. Revised boundaries were used for the 2015 collection and applied retrospectively to the 2009 and 2012 collections.

Learn about changes to the AEDC community boundaries

What we are measuring

The five AEDC domains provide an insight at a community level into the learning and development needs of young children. The AEDC is also a useful predictor of future development and learning, indicating how well early childhood education programs have prepared them for future learning experiences.

The 5 AEDC domains

Physical health

Child is ready each day, healthy and independent, and has excellent gross and fine motor skills

Social competence

Child gets along with others and shares, is self confident

Emotional maturity

Child is able to concentrate, help others, is patient, not aggressive or angry

Language and cognitive skills

Child is interested in reading or writing, can count and recognise numbers and shapes

Communication

Child can tell a story, communicate with adults and children, articulate themselves