AEDC News

AEDC News

State by State

May 11, 2016

The 2015 data release enabled tracking of emerging trends for the first time, each State and Territory in Australia has seen some notable trends emerging.

For the communications skills and general knowledge domain particularly, some States have shown marked improvements over time. For example, in Victoria, vulnerability on the communication skills and general knowledge domain has gradually reduced over time. The percentage of children identified as being vulnerable on this domain reduced from 8.3 per cent in 2009 to 8 per cent in 2012 and 7.6 per cent in 2015. 

Additionally, encouraging results from NSW show that 9.2 per cent of children were identified as being vulnerable on this domain in 2009. This reduced to 8.5 per cent in 2012 and in 2015, only 8.1 per cent of children were considered to be vulnerable on the communication skills and general knowledge domain. 
Results from the ACT show that while there has been a reduction in the percentage of children vulnerable on the emotional maturity domain from 9 per cent in 2009 to 7.2 per cent in 2012, there was a slight increase in vulnerability in 2015 to 8.2 per cent. 

Significant gains were made in Queensland in language and cognitive skills where the percentage of children vulnerable on the domain reduced from 15.6 per cent in 2009 to 9.1 per cent on 2012 and finally down to 8.0 per cent in 2015. This is an approximate difference of 2,900 less children identified as vulnerable on the language and cognitive skills domain in Queensland.

For children in Western Australia, vulnerability on one or more domains showed reductions from 24.7 per cent in 2009 to 23.0 per cent in 2012 to 21.3 per cent in 2015.

In South Australia, the percentage of children vulnerable on the emotional maturity domain declined from 10.3 per cent in 2009 to 9.3 in 2012. However, there was a slight increase in 2015, with 9.7 per cent of children identified as being vulnerable on the emotional maturity domain.

Results from Northern Territory have showed promising signs on the physical health and wellbeing domain with a reduction from 18.9 per cent in 2009 to 15.0 per cent in 2012, with a slight increase to 15.9 per cent in 2015. Overall, results from Northern Territory indicate that vulnerability on one or more domains has reduced from 38.7 in 2009 to 35.5 in 2012, but has since slightly increased to 37.2 in 2015.
For children in Tasmania, results across the five domains have remained relatively stable. Overall, vulnerability on one or more domains has gradually reduced from 21.8 per cent in 2009 to 21.2 per cent in 2012, with 2015 results indicating 21.0 per cent of children vulnerable on one or more domains in this state.

The results from States and Territories reveal interesting key trends emerging and demonstrate how each is tracking over time. These results are important for State and Territory governments to identify what is working well and what needs to be improved.   

For results at the State and Territory level, see the Data Explorer tool available on the AEDC website.