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Minister's message - the release of the Multiple Strength Indicator (MSI)

Mar 14, 2017

In March 2016 the Australian Government released 2015 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data.

I am now very happy to have an opportunity to share with you an additional method of reporting data collected through the AEDC, known as the Multiple Strengths Indicator (MSI).

The MSI uses teacher responses to a select set of the questions in the AEDC instrument to measure children’s developmental strengths in their first year of full-time school. It focuses on more advanced skills, competencies and dispositions to explore how many ‘strengths’ children have at school entry.

Even the most vulnerable of communities have strengths. Used in combination with existing AEDC reporting tools, the MSI provides richer information to parents, schools and communities so they may draw on these strengths to help address children’s vulnerabilities.

AEDC results released last year sent a clear message that there is still work we all need to do to give young Australians the best possible start. The MSI gives us more information and more tools to work with, and I commend it to you.

The MSI report on your community, as well as other tools and resources, are now available at