About the AEDC data

About the AEDC data

The data from the AEDC provides crucial evidence to guide decision-making and planning and ensure resources and services are better targeted towards supporting the future and wellbeing of children and families across Australia. 

AEDC data is available to access as:

Section 4 of the AEDC Data Guidelines provides more detailed information about the types of AEDC data.

Macrodata

Summary data or macrodata contain aggregated unit record information. AEDC macrodata is available in a range of formats to support academic, research or organisational work on policies, planning and service delivery. Macrodata can be provided as tables, reports or profiles.

Publically available AEDC macrodata is free to access from the AEDC website, and does not require an application. These include:

  • National Reports
  • Community Profiles
  • Community summary tables, maps and graphs
  • Fact sheets
  • Research snapshots  

The above resources provide high-level data. More customised and tailored macrodata, summary information and reports can be requested upon application.

For more information, refer to applying for macrodata and section 6.3 of the AEDC Data Guidelines

Microdata

Microdata is unit record data that contains deidentified and confidential information about individual children. This includes demographic data and AEDC domain scores that have not been anonymised or subjected to statistical disclosure controls that alter unit record information.

While no personal information is released, some of the records provided to researchers will be unique to individuals. To ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times, strict legal and regulatory controls are followed to manage the use and dissemination of AEDC microdata.

Each AEDC Microdata file is customised based on the data elements required to answer a project’s research questions. To minimise the number of unique records in each AEDC Microdata file by, Data Users are encouraged to:

  • request only those data elements that are required to directly answer the key research aims or questions
  • consider the number of demographic data elements requested and if they are all essential
  • determine the most relevant level of geography or spatial disaggregation relevant to the research.

For more information, refer to applying for microdata section 6.4 of the AEDC Data Guidelines.  

Microdata for data linkage

AEDC Microdata can be used for data linkage projects. Data linkage (also called data integration) is the process of matching two or more datasets for the purpose of analysis and comparative research. AEDC data can be linked to other datasets specifically for statistical, research and policy purposes.

Linking existing datasets leverages more information than individual datasets, and has the potential to:

  • provide new insights for policy, highlighting key issues for government response
  • provide information on the short and long term impacts of policy across Australian businesses, population groups and geographic areas
  • assist in costing new government based programmes and in simulating the impact of changes in policy parameters in government programmes.

In addition, linked datasets provide public benefits in terms of an expanded range of official statistics, improved research, and a better informed community.

To ensure the provision of linked AEDC microdata is line with the Guide for Data Integration Projects Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes, Data Users are encouraged to:

  • request only those data elements that are required to directly answer the key research aims or questions
  • consider the number of demographic data elements requested and if they are all essential
  • determine the most relevant level of geography or spatial disaggregation relevant to the research.

For more information refer to applying for linkage data and section 6.5 of the AEDC Data Guidelines. Also, see the list of AEDC approved data linkage agencies