Australian Early Development Census


2024 census

The 6th AEDC data collection will take place in all Queensland schools from 1 May to 21 June 2024.​

​Message from the Director-General and Education sector leaders​​​

Video transcript

Michael De’Ath, Director- General Department of Education: I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands, seas and waterways across Queensland, and extend my respects to elders past, present and emerging. 
Today, I am joined by Christopher Mountford, CEO of Independent Schools Queensland, and Allan Blagaich, Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, to talk to you about something very important to all Queensland schools.

2024 is a key collection year for the Australian Early Development Census.

Allan Blagaich, Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission: The Census is a nationwide population measure that gives a complete picture of how our children have developed by the time they start school. When we all complete the Census, it provides a rich source of information that can be used by schools, communities, and governments.

Christopher Mountford, Chief Executive Officer Independent Schools Queensland: The Australian Early Development Census helps shape the future wellbeing of our children. It provides the critical evidence needed to support the future education, health and community policy. It is the most comprehensive data collection of its kind in the world.  That is why we are asking all Queensland schools to participate in the next Census data collection in Term 2, 2024.

Michael De’Ath: The Australian Early Development Census data has strong links to Australian policies and frameworks, guiding schools programming and planning. Schools can use the data to inform and strengthen strategic and improvement planning, ensuring that their decision making is evidence based. The data can also support decisions around transition to school strategies and pedagogical practices that promote continuity of learning.

Allan Blagaich: While Census data is not reported on individual children, completing the Census is a time for teachers to think holistically about each learner within their classroom, reflecting on their capabilities and background. This gives us the opportunity to celebrate each student’s strengths and ensure that we give children the best possible start to life long learning. 

Christopher Mountford: It’s important to remember that the data is reported on where children live, so it is vital to understand the communities in which the children in your school are growing up. The more we understand about our students the better we can reflect on whether our programs and policies are responsive to Queensland families.

The Australian Early Development Census provides a common language that enables us to engage and collaborate with early childhood services and other key partners. This is to ensure that children are entering our schools with everything they need to learn and thrive.

The next Census data collection is taking place in Term 2, 2024, between the 1st of May and the 21st of June.

Allan Blagaich: Be on the lookout for your school’s unique and confidential activation code, which will arrive by mail in mid-March (2024).

Christopher Mountford: We are striving to increase our connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural consultants throughout the 2024 data collection. This role is extremely important in bringing a rich understanding of First Nations children’s way of learning and belonging. This will help us build a more culturally informed picture of their development.

Michael De’Ath: Queensland is once again offering Prep teachers across all schooling sectors the opportunity to complete optional professional learning around Unconscious Bias ahead of the census. The training module aims to increase awareness about unconscious biases and promotes self-reflection and self-awareness amongst teachers.  We encourage Queensland Prep teachers to engage in this professional learning opportunity which will be available in Term 1, 2024.

We want to thank you for your continued support of the Australian Early Development Census. Queensland consistently prioritises this important data collection and are aiming for 100 per cent participation of schools in the 2024 Census.

Your participation will ensure that schools, communities and governments continue to have the information they need to work together to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Resources for early childhood education and care services

The Department of Education worked with Early Childhood Australia to develop a suite of AEDC resources to support the critical work of the early childhood sector and their communities in providing the best developmental opportunities for children.

Since their release, the resources have been used widely across Queensland to support ongoing critical reflection and inform programming and planning in early childhood education and care services.

Getting started

AEDC 2021 data

View the most recent data including key findings and information about how Queensland children are faring.

Links to National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework

Video: Linking the AEDC with the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework, transcript

Using the 5 domains

Read about each of the 5 domains measured in the AEDC and use the practical strategies for supporting children's learning and development.

Putting the AEDC into practice

Learn more about how Queensland services have been using the AEDC and their strategies for responding to local AEDC data.

Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre looked at how the AEDC aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and reflected on their program in terms of the AEDC domains.

Silky Oaks Child Care Centre offered professional development for educators in supporting children's social competence and emotional maturity and collaborated with local schools and services.

Beenleigh Family Centre Child Care incorporated language focused initiatives in their programming and supported families in response to Beenleigh's identified vulnerabilities.

C&K Flagstone Community Kindergarten worked closely with their school community to address the vulnerabilities in communication, language and cognition skills.

C&K Hatton Vale Community Kindergarten utilised professional advice and resources to respond to the identified vulnerability of physical health and wellbeing and language and cognitive skills.

Eskay Kids Springfield Child Care and Early Education Centre responded to the AEDC data by emphasising physical activity, health and wellbeing in their programming.

A Head Start Children's Centres utilised the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes in conjunction with the AEDC domains to holistically support children's learning and development.


If you have a story to share, any questions or would like further information, contact the Queensland AEDC team within the Department of Education at

Resources for schools

Resources for schools developed with the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Queensland are specifically tailored for schools to help them use the AEDC data to inform programming and strategies that support continuity of learning.

Community stories

Community stories which showcase the AEDC in action and highlight common themes across communities that have experienced a consistent decline in developmental vulnerability over time.

Last updated 22 February 2024