The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every 3 years. The most recent data collection was undertaken in 2018 with previous collections in 2015, 2012 and 2009.
Key findings of the previous data collections
The majority of children in Queensland are developing well as they transition to their first year of school. Across Queensland nearly two-thirds of children were developmentally on track on 4 or more domains.
The proportion of children developmentally on track on 4 or more domains has improved at a faster rate in Queensland than nationally since 2009.
AEDC Data Explorer
AEDC data is published in a range of formats including, tables, maps and community profiles on the AEDC website. To access data for your community click on the data tab and search for your suburb using the
AEDC Queensland emerging trends infographic
AEDC Queensland Infographic (PDF, 539KB) provides a snapshot of the emerging trends from the 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 AEDC data collection for Queensland. Use the infographic together with the AEDC Queensland report to support discussions about the AEDC results.
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2018 data collection
96% of Australian schools participated in the fourth AEDC collection between May and July 2018. The national, state and territory and community results from the 2018 AEDC collection were released in early March 2019.
Summary of the 2018 AEDC data for Queensland
The AEDC: Queensland data in focus report (PDF, 2.2MB) provides a summary of the 2018 AEDC data.
Download the report to find out about early childhood development using insights from the AEDC Queensland data. You can also view comparisons between Queensland's 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 data and read suggestions drawn from research to respond to early childhood development needs.