Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

A population-based measure of how children in Australia have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school.

The AEDC provides a national measurement to monitor Australian children’s development.

We provide evidence to support policy, planning and action for health, education and community support. The AEDC can assist governments to develop flexible approaches to policy and planning that address the evolving needs of children and families in the future.

The AEDC involves the collection of data across five developmental domains:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills (school-based)
  • communication skills and general knowledge

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