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.

The AEDC Data Explorer is best experienced using a tablet or desktop. Maps, tables and graphs may not display properly on mobile phones. Launch full site

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


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 include public tables with AEDC data at LGA, SA2 and SA3 level and GIS data for each State and Territory, as well as links to ABS contextual data and the Population Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) Social Health Atlases.

Go to additional data products

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 and accurate comparison of AEDC and socio-demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the AEDC geography was updated to align with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), ABS 2016. Revised boundaries were used for the 2018 collection and applied retrospectively to all previous 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


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