The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population based measure of how children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge.  

What the AEDC means for communities

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) provides people with a common ground to work together to build and strengthen their community and help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.

The AEDC results provide a snapshot of how children are developing in your community. By exploring the AEDC results, your community can work together to find out more about what works well in your area and what can be improved. This way, your community will be able to provide better support for local children and their families.

Specific examples of how communities have used the AEDC can be found in our AEDC Community Stories. 

Refer to the page Resources for communities to help you understand and use your community’s AEDC results to engage your community and plan actions to better support local children and their families. 

In 'Communities' section:
  • Community stories
    Communities across Australia have been creative and innovative in the ways they have used AEDC results to promote positive outcomes for children.
  • Understanding the AEDC
    AEDC data was collected in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 about Australian children in their first year of full-time school.
  • Findings from the AEDC
    Results from the 2018 AEDC showed that many Australian communities recorded improvements across the areas measured by the AEDC. AEDC findings are available for Australia, communities and schools.
  • Community profiles
    Community profiles contain detailed information about the how well the children living in your community are meeting their developmental goals.