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Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every three years. The AEDC measures how children are developing as they transition into their first year of school based on five key areas known as 'domains'.

The five AEDC domains are:

Diagram explanation:
Each rectangular tile represents one of the five AEDC domains of child development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based) and communication skills and general knowledge.

Using the AEDC

AEDC results can be used by early childhood education and care services to:

The Department of Education and Training, in partnership with Early Childhood Australia, has put together a suite of resources to support ECEC services to understand their AEDC data and how it can be used to inform curriculum programming, planning and quality improvement.

A range of other resources, including fact sheets, community stories and guidance on understanding and using the data is available on the national AEDC Website External Link

2015 Data Collection

Over 96% of Australian schools participated in the third AEDC collection between May and July 2015. The national, state and territory and community results from the 2015 AEDC collection were released in early March 2016.

AEDC data is published in a range of formats including, tables, maps and community profiles on the AEDC website External Link. To access data for your community, click on the data tab and search for your suburb.

The AEDC: Queensland data in focus report Adobe PDF document2.0M provides a snapshot of the 2015 AEDC data for Queensland.

Everton Park State School features in the report to show a practical example of how AEDC data can be used. Mr Brad Clark, who was the principal at the school, explains how they responded to their local community data to connect with the wider community and create shared goals with a united focus.

'The AEDC provided an evidence base to make meaningful connections with early childhood education and care services in the area,' Mr Clark said.

Download the report to find out how the AEDC is being used by schools, early childhood services, communities, local governments and researchers in Queensland. You can also view comparisons between Queensland's 2009, 2012 and 2015 results and read suggestions for how to use this data to support early childhood development.

Queensland AEDC Community Action Grants

The Queensland AEDC Community Action Grants funding program supported organisations to implement projects that responded to local needs in communities with a higher proportion of developmentally vulnerable children than the Queensland average. Forty-eight projects across Queensland were funded under the program.

Read more about the grants

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This page was last reviewed on 14 Nov 2016

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