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 Australian Government’s commitment to the AEDC supports communities to improve outcomes for children and families by providing evidence to strengthen the development of local strategies and initiatives that address identified gaps.

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.

The AEDC results provide a snapshot of how children are developing in your community. This information ensures that children’s needs are understood at a community level, helping keep children on-track to meet their early year development milestones.

Resources for communities

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In 'Communities' section:
  • How communities use the AEDC results
    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.