Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter
May 2018 Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter
Australian Early Development Census-Newsletter

To date, the development of over 850,000 children - or more than 95 per cent of Australian children in their first year of full-time school - has been recorded. The Government is supporting a fourth data set in 2018 to complement the existing data.

From 1 May this year, teachers from across the country will be asked to record information based on their knowledge and observations of each child in their first year of full-time school in their class. This information will help schools, communities and governments pinpoint and tailor their services, resources and support to help young children and their families.

Thank you for your support of the AEDC.

The AEDC Team

Helpdesk: 1800 092 548



Emerging trends from the AEDC

As the 2018 data collection approaches, now is a good time to look back at some of the key statistics and findings from previous years.


How the AEDC has influenced early childhood programs and practices

Professor Frank Oberklaid from the Centre for Community Child Health talks about how the AEDC has influenced early childhood programs and practices.


AEDC results help schools meet children’s needs

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.

Teachers play a vital role in the AEDC collection; their professional expertise, insights and knowledge of the students are the foundation for AEDC results.

Teachers also tell us that completing the AEDC was valuable for them - that having time out to reflect on the whole child helped them to plan holistically for children's learning.

Find out more about how three Queensland schools have used the AEDC data to enrich their planning.


AEDC National Conference

The 2018 National AEDC Conference was held in Melbourne from 14 to 16 March 2018. Presentations from the National Conference are now available. The conference 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.

"I was completely blown away by the speakers and the conversations with delegates. I learnt so much that was highly relevant to my community work, not just in early childhood. This is one of the best conferences I have attended!" (Conference delegate).

If you missed out, conference presentations can now be accessed online.


Planning for the 2018 data collection

All schools with children starting their first year of full-time school in 2018 should now have received their AEDC School Leader and Teacher Packs which contain all the information you need to help you plan for and participate in the AEDC data collection.


The Australian Government provides funding to states and territories to support and promote the AEDC across their respective jurisdictions. AEDC State and Territory Coordinators liaise with a variety of stakeholders including community leaders, schools and early childhood educators to promote the AEDC. 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.