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Previous data collections

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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide census of early childhood development captured as children transition into their first year of school.

Conducted every three years, the upcoming data collection in 2021 will be the fifth census, with previous collections in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018.

Key findings from the 2018 data collection

More than 96% of Australian schools participated in the fourth AEDC collection between May and July 2018. The national, state, territory and community results from the 2018 AEDC collection were released in early March 2019.

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 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 Data Explorer.​

2018 data publications

The AEDC Queensland Infographic (PDF, 539KB) provides a snapshot of the emerging trends from the 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 AEDC data collection 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.

Use the infographic together with the AEDC Queensland report to support discussions about the AEDC results.

For more information, visit the AEDC resources page.

Access to AEDC data

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 Data Explorer.

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Last updated 29 October 2020