Australian Early Development Census
The 2018 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) will take place in schools throughout Australia starting in May and ending in August. In the last census to take place NSW had a participation rate of 98% which we aim to match or improve on in 2018. All schools with kindergarten students are expected to take part in the census.
What is the AEDC?
The AEDC is a nationwide census of early childhood development in Australia which is undertaken every three years.
The project involves the collection of data across five developmental areas for all children who are eligible to start school in 2018. The collected information will be used by childhood educators, schools, health services, local council communities groups and governments to help plan and allocate the right type of services and support for their community.
Undertaking the AEDC
Steps to undertaking the 2018 Australian Early Development Census
Teachers complete an instrument for each kindergarten child that they teach.
Participating teachers are advised to prepare for the census well in advance and take a step-by-step approach to its completion.
Careful preparation for the AEDC helps to complete the instrument.
We suggest that as soon as the school receives the information packs that:
- those involved meet to discuss the planning for completing the AEDC
- a coordinator is nominated to lead the AEDC collection activities
- information is forwarded to all members in the team.
Once the school has been activated on the AEDC system, teachers taking part in the census should read through the information, engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultants where appropriate, create the class list and plan to undertake the tool.
If appropriate, the coordinator could take a role in the planning of teacher relief and financial administration.
It is recommended that the teachers:
- prepare, by reading information about the questions and doing the teacher training well before they complete the instrument.
- complete the instrument in one go.
Learn more about undertaking the AEDC
Your step by step guide to completing the AEDC census (PDF 302.03KB)
Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultants
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultants on the AEDC
When completing the instrument for children who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, it is helpful to seek support from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultant who can bring a unique cultural knowledge that assists teachers to complete the instrument.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and may include the following NSW Department of Education staff members:
- Aboriginal Teacher or Assistant Teacher
- Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO)
- Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW)
- Aboriginal School Learning Support Officer (ASLSO)
- Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO)
- Aboriginal Education & Engagement Officer/Advisor
- Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Officer/Advisor
NSW has the largest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in Australia. Some schools have large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student numbers and dedicated staff to assist. Other schools may only have a few students and no staff members who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For schools with students identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander it is advisable that teachers engage with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultant while completing the instrument for these students.
If there is no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff member that could assist, teachers are encouraged to discuss their needs with the principal or director who can find a suitable person. Although it is always preferable to have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who is knowledgeable about the family and community, someone who has knowledge about cultural issues may also be suitable.
Learn more about engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Consultants
Where to get further assistance
Helpdesk 1800 092 548 (free call) 9.30am- 4.30pm Monday – Friday
The team endeavours to respond to all written queries within two business days.