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Australian Early Development Census

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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every three years. The last data collection was undertaken in 2018. The 2018 AEDC collection marks the completion of the fourth national census since 2009. The 2018 AEDC national, state and community level data is available to access from the AEDC website.

The AEDC measures how children are developing as they transition into their first year of school based on 5 key areas known as domains.

The 5 AEDC domains are:

1. Physical health and wellbeing. 2. Social competence. 3. Emotional maturity. 4. Language and cognitive skills. 5. Communication skills and general knowledge as the alt text value. 

Each rectangular tile represents one of the 5 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 data

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

The department has worked with Early Childhood Australia to create resources for early childhood education and care services; and also worked with the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Queensland to develop a suite of AEDC resources tailored to the needs of schools.

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

More information

AEDC resources
​Access the collection of resources to help ECEC services and schools understand their AEDC data and how it can be used to inform curriculum programming, planning and quality improvement.
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Last updated 20 May 2019