Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter
July 2018 Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter
Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter

Data collection for the 2018 AEDC is now well and truly underway.

More than 5,600 schools across Australia have collected data on over 230,000 children in their first year of full-time school. We would like to thank these schools for their prompt participation in the census.

With the collection nearing a close, we are expecting a further 1,800 schools to participate and a further 73,000 instruments being completed for children.

This valuable information will help schools, communities and governments pinpoint and tailor their services, resources and support to help young children and their families.

If you require any assistance to participate in the AEDC, please contact the Helpdesk.

Thank you for your support of the AEDC.

The AEDC Team

Helpdesk: 1800 092 548



Preparing for data release

Participating school principals will be provided with access to their data from November 2018 and community results will be released publicly in 2019.

Tools, including the AEDC Data Explorer, are available online to help schools and communities view their results.


Key learnings from the 2018 AEDC National Conference

The 2018 National AEDC Conference was held in Melbourne from 14 to 16 March 2018 and brought together over 300 practitioners, researchers and policy makers across education, child protection, health, and community services for a valuable 3 days of thought provoking discussion.

Click here to access a summary of learnings from the 2018 AEDC Conference.

Read here about how one group of West Australian conference delegates used the learnings from the conference to enrich planning in their own school community.


Value of the AEDC for teachers and schools

The AEDC is the most comprehensive data collection of its kind in the world and Australia’s only census of children in their early years.

The AEDC data can help schools to:

  • plan and support children's successful transition to school
  • raise awareness of the importance of children's early years
  • implement programs and services for children in the community to support early child development
  • act as a platform to forge collaborative community partnerships

Click here to watch a short video about the value of completing the AEDC for teachers.

Further resources for teachers and schools can be found here.


Resources to help communities use AEDC results

The AEDC data has the potential to improve the way communities understand children’s learning and developmental needs. It’s also a platform to advocate for new programs, services, and collaborative community partnerships.

Resources are available on the AEDC website to help community organisations understand what the AEDC means for them and how they can use the data to have a positive impact on early childhood development in their community.

These include the 'The AEDC user guide', which helps communities understand their AEDC results and assess how best to work together to plan actions that support local children and their families. There are also videos that give you an introduction to the AEDC, information about policy and planning, and information specifically for local governments.

For more information you can contact the coordinator in your state or territory.


The Australian Government provides funding to states and territories to lead and facilitate engagement in the AEDC within their respective jurisdictions. AEDC State and Territory Coordinators liaise with a variety of stakeholders including community leaders, schools and early childhood educators. Their contact details can be found under the States and Territories section of the AEDC website.

To access the AEDC newsletter, visit the News section on the AEDC website. For more information about the AEDC visit the AEDC website.