Reporting of AEDC results
AEDC results are reported publicly through a range of mechanisms including data tables and maps and written reports or profiles. In addition, all participating eligible schools have access to a School Profile, which provides school principals with AEDC results for their school. AEDC School Profiles are only available to schools with results for six or more children.
Community results tables
The AEDC community results table summarise the AEDC results for each Local Community within an AEDC Community. Community results tables are available through the AEDC Data Explorer.
Results tables show the number of children surveyed and the proportions of children in the AEDC Community and Local Community who are developmentally vulnerable by each of the five AEDC domains, on one or more domains and two or more domains.
When looking at the AEDC results, it is important to consider both the proportion of children developmentally vulnerable and the number of children this represents. A higher proportion does not necessarily mean a large number of children. Similarly, a lower proportion in a large community may still equate to a large number of children.
Mapping the AEDC results
The AEDC results are mapped alongside other socio-demographic information, such as the single parents aged under 25 years, and a range of health data and social data about families. Mapping results makes it easier to see areas where children are doing better or worse than expected, compared with socio-demographic indicators.
The red shadings on the maps represent five ranges of developmental vulnerability. Areas shaded in lighter reds have lower proportions of developmentally vulnerable children and areas shaded in darker reds have higher proportions of developmentally vulnerable children, compared to the national AEDC population. Community results maps are available through the AEDC Data Explorer.
Additional community information
While AEDC results give us an indication of how children are developing in a community, alone they don't help us understand the experiences of children growing up in a community. Additional data can help provide some information about the context of children and families.
Additional statistics sourced from the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing are mapped to help provide the community’s local context. These include:
- proportion of people who have completed year 12 or equivalent
- proportion of persons who lived at a different address one year ago
- proportion of single parents aged under 25 years
- proportion of the labour force unemployed.