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Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Victoria

A population measure of how young children are developing across Australia as they begin school

AEDC background

The AEDC is implemented every three years. We now have data from 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2021. The sixth collection will take place in 2024.

We are grateful to all those teachers and schools that contributed to the AEDC data collection. Because of their commitment to the AEDC we are able to build a picture of Victorian children’s development over time.

The AEDC is a population measure of how young children are developing across Australia as they begin school. It measures children’s development across five domains:

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

AEDC results are reported as proportions of children who are considered to be:

  • ‘on track’ - that is, doing well
  • ‘developmentally vulnerable’ on one or more domain – those children who may be at risk of not doing well in life
  • 'developmentally vulnerable’ on two or more domains – those children who may not be ready to achieve success at school, and/or who do not have the basic skills in place.

The AEDC is a key tool in school, early years and community planning, research and policymaking across Victoria and nationally.

The AEDC is completed by school teachers in children's first year of school.

Why the AEDC is important

Latest news

Visualising the Evidence (VTE) data release

Victorian Geospatial Maps providing complementary child, family, and community AEDC data at local area levels are now available hereExternal Link . Instructional video for learning how to navigate the content of these maps is also included on this same page.

AEDC 2022 national data release

The Hon Stuart MP officially released the 2021 AEDC data on behalf of the Australian Government on 1 April 2022. The media release can be found at How our youngest learners fared during COVID-19External Link .

Australian Early Development Census plus: mobilising data across the early life course

The Australian Early Development Census plus: mobilising data across the early life course report explores government policy and the policy environment for mobilising AEDC data with complementary data across the early life course, as part of a comprehensive monitoring system approach.

Using the AEDC data

Data results, policy and research

Data collected in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2021 allows us to measure children's outcomes over time.

For other data resources refer to Using the AEDC: research, resources and data sources.

For conferences and events, refer to Conferences and events.

Contact us

For further enquiries, contact Catherine Watkin Nolan, AEDC Victorian Coordinator:

Reviewed 21 July 2022

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